POSTED: November 15th 2010

Governor Lee is looking forward to world class sports events coming up in Gangwon

Governor Kwang Jae Lee was born and raised in PyeongChang / Gangwon Province
Governor Kwang Jae Lee was born and raised in PyeongChang / Gangwon Province

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Nov 15: Governor Kwang Jae Lee is excited about the upcoming sports calendar of world class events being held next year in the proposed venues for the PyeongChang 2018 winter Games bid.

However his highest priority right now is helping to put the polishing touches on the bid book and preparing for the crucial IOC evaluation visit to PyeongChang in February.

The Governor took a moment to talk to about his views on the upcoming steps in the bid process and some of the lessons that he is picking up along the way.

How are you preparing to increase the pace of bid campaigning in the new year?

Focusing on international promotion, we are proceeding along the bid schedule set by the IOC.

First of all, we are finalizing the Candidature File, which is due on January 11, with meticulous care so that the file can be evaluated as the best document ever by the IOC.

We are also preparing to host the IOC Evaluation Commission, which will visit PyeongChang from February 14 to 20 and show the commission members how much we have progressed and how much we are ready to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games here.

We will make it sure that international sports events to be organized in Gangwon Province, such as 2011 FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup, 2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup, and ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2011, are held in a perfect manner. And we will make the most of those events to promote the feasibility of our bid.  

Are there particular lessons you have learned so far which have changed your strategy?

We have learned from our previous two bids and tried to improve what the IOC and international sport community pointed out as our weaknesses as follows:

-        All competition venues are located within a 30 minute radius from Alpensia Olympic zone, thereby having the most compact concept;

-        In order to improve the performance in the winter sports, which has always been considered as one of our weaknesses, various support programs for expanding the winter sports base and nurturing young players have been pushed forward. Korea proved that it was leaping into one of the world powers in ice sports by presenting strong performances in figure skating and speed skating as well as short-track speed skating in Vancouver. Moreover, Korean athletes were also active in snow sports like bobsleigh & skeleton, alpine skiing, and snowboarding, showing a balanced development in all winter Olympic sports;

-        There is a misunderstanding that PyeongChang is far from Seoul and does not have good accessibility, but the express railroad, scheduled for completion in 2017, will allow people to arrive in PyeongChang within 50 minutes from Seoul;

-        The special project, named The Best of Korea, will bring the most enticing attractions (restaurants, boutiques, shopping malls, etc.) to PyeongChang during Games time.

Part one of a two part series.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Governor Kwang Jae Lee · Olympic bidding

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