POSTED: November 19th 2010

Governor says popular momentum is firing PyeongChang's 2018 Olympic bid

Gangwon Governor Kwang Jae Lee gauges the passionate support of the local people / Gangwon Province
Gangwon Governor Kwang Jae Lee gauges the passionate support of the local people / Gangwon Province

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Nov 19: Gangwon province leader Governor Kwang Jae Lee feels good about the home support for the PyeongChang 2018 bid and is confident that this will fuel the passion for the Games should Korea win the vote for the winter Olympics.

In this second part of his exclusive interview with he talks about the abundance of accommodation in the region and his impressions of how he thinks the Olympic Movement now views the bid.

How do you feel about the domestic support from within Korea - is it even more enthusiastic than you expected?

As the national agenda, our bid to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games has full support from all stakeholders, including the Korean Government as well as concerned regional and local governments. Also, our bid enjoys enthusiastic attention and support from more than 91pc of the Korean people.

I strongly believe that Korean people will show a higher level of passion to the world than they did for the 1988 Seoul Olympiad and 2002 Korea-Japan FIFA World Cup.

What reaction are you getting from IOC members, other NOCs, etc?

I am sure that PyeongChang is now well known to the IOC and the international sport community through our past bids. Due to the narrow defeats, I was consoled and encouraged to take up the challenge again by many people.

I understand that not just a few people see PyeongChang as trustful or trustworthy because we have kept our promises, continuously developing competition venues and transport infrastructure and implementing the Dream Program.

I am trying - and will keep on trying - to listen attentively and learn from valuable advice. I have open ears.

How are you looking to use the coastal area of Gangneung for extra hotel space and recreation?

PyeongChang currently has 25,542 rooms, surpassing the IOC requirement of 23,300 rooms.

Two sea resorts, Sun Cruise and Sun Beach, can be provided as destinations for leisure activities like fishing, yachting, boating, spa bathing, etc. And the 5km accommodation complex along the beach provides clubs and bars for night life as well as a variety of food and beverage options, of course specializing seafood.

Do you plan to use cruise ships in the harbour for extra accommodations or entertainment?

We will not propose to use cruise ships as our accommodation since we already have sufficient rooms. But they will be offered as an optional accommodation or for leisure activities to the Games participants and tourists.

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

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