POSTED: October 21st 2010

Gangwon Governor Lee sees PyeongChang 2018 as 'unique winter sports destination'

Gangwon Governor Kwang Jae Lee hard at work in Acapulco / lake images
Gangwon Governor Kwang Jae Lee hard at work in Acapulco / lake images

LAURA WALDEN in Acapulco / Sports Features Communications

ACAPULCO, Oct 21: The new Governor of Gangwon Province, Kwang Jae Lee, is making his formal debut at the ANOC General Assembly as part of the PyeongChang 2018 team.

His first time in the role of representing the local government, Lee has been enthused to be attending the meetings for the first time and looking forward to meeting as many people as possible during the ANOC and IOC meetings.

Born and raised in PyeongChang, Lee is interested to get across the message that he is taking a particular interest in hosting the 2018 Games in his native city.

He eagerly rises to the challenge, saying: “I am very dedicated to convincing the world to come to Gangwon in 2018. Our facilities are world class and our hospitality will shine.”

Lee affirmed that most of the proposed venues have already hosted world championships and he was confident that, should the IOC choose PyeongChang, it can offer a unique winter sports experience. The winter sports market is steadily on the rise and with the strong level of public support he wants to welcome the world to experience the Taebaek mountains and the beautiful seaside destinations.

He said: "The Gangneung Coastal cluster of venues, featuring the ice facilities, will offer visitors a chance to experience this beautiful seaside sports holiday resort area."

The Gangwon provincial area has been a flourishing winter sports focal point since the 1999 Winter Asian Games were hosted there.

PyeongChang is bidding against Munich and Annecy to host the 2018 winter Games. The IOC will vote on the host city at the IOC session in Durban, South Africa next July.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Kwang Jae Lee · Olympic bidding · winter sports

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