POSTED: November 10th 2010

PyeongChang 2018: Third time charm for Governor Jin-Sun Kim

Jin-Sun Kim is an avid skier and makes the most of the winter sports areas of Gangwon / Gangwon Province
Jin-Sun Kim is an avid skier and makes the most of the winter sports areas of Gangwon / Gangwon Province

Governor Kim served three consecutive terms in office for Gangwon / PyeongChang 2018
Governor Kim served three consecutive terms in office for Gangwon / PyeongChang 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/PYEONGCHANG, Nov 9: The PyeongChang 2018 bid team has welcomed the appointment by the South Korean Government of Governor Jin-Sun Kim as bid ambassador .

As the bid race takes on the last eight months of the crucial stages of lobbying time, including Kim officially on the bid team is a major boost to the Korean campaign. Not only does he have past experience of leading the two earlier bids but the IOC members know him and are familiar with him.

His new role will allow him to use his valuable international experience promoting the bid to his network of global sporting community contacts. Kim will team up with the current Governor of Gangwon, Kwang Jae Lee, who made his bid debut in Acapulco at last month's ANOC meetings in Acapulco.

Governor Kim will accompany the bid team to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly starting on Friday during the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Bid chairman Yang Ho Cho said: "On behalf of the Bid Committee, I welcome the appointment of Jin-sum Kim as an Ambassador for PyeongChang 2018. Jin-sun Kim will join the PyeongChang 2018 delegation at the OCA General Assembly this week and his wealth of experience working with the Olympic Family and the international sports community will prove invaluable as we approach the final months of the campaign.

"I am also delighted about the continued support from the South Korean government, and we are very grateful to have their promise of full cooperation to deliver the guarantees that will be made to the IOC upon submission of our Candidature File early next year."

Key features

The South Korean government also reaffirmed its support for PyeongChang 2018 and outlined plans to coordinate and develop key features of the bid for next steps of the campaign.

Kim has served three consecutive terms (1998, 2002, 2006) as Governor of Gangwon Province and was the guiding force behind the past two PyeongChang bids for the winter Games. Under his term they engineered the Dream Program wjich has reached out to youth around the world.

He knows the cities well as he has also has served as mayor of Gangneung and Bucheon as well as vice-governor for administrative affairs.

Kim says he loves winter sports and is very passionate about opportunity to boost the Asian winter sports market. He added: “I enjoy snow sports like skiing with my family from time and time and I have had a lifelong dedication to winter sports development in my country. Bringing the Winter Games here has become something of an obsession for me.”

PyeongChang is in the bid race with Munich and Annecy and the campaign has entered a new bidding phase after the three cities made their first presentations to a large number of IOC members at the ANOC meetings. Following the OCA assembly the next stop will be the EOC assembly November 26- 27 in Belgrade.

The decision will be taken by the IOC in Durban, South Africa, on July 6.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Olympic Bidding · Jin-sun Kim · Kwang Jae Lee · Yang Ho Cho · Gangwon Province · Korean Air

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