POSTED: November 27th 2010

PyeongChang 2018 sends clear message to EOC on need for continent rotation

PyeongChang sports director Kwang-bae Kang joined the official presentation for the first time / Image courtesy of Stratos Safioleas
PyeongChang sports director Kwang-bae Kang joined the official presentation for the first time / Image courtesy of Stratos Safioleas

LAURA WALDEN in Belgrade / Sports Features Communications

BELGRADE, Nov 27: The only Asian bid in the race for the 2018 Winter Games has explained to European Olympics why it would be important to back PyeongChang at the IOC vote in Durban next July.

Bid chair Yang Ho Cho told the EOC general assembly here in Belgrade: “We are delighted to take our unique message to Europe and highlight the benefits of new growth and new potential that a Winter Games in PyeongChang will bring. We can take Olympism to a new part of the world and help winter sports thrive by building on the great experience in Europe, and combine it with Korea’s new economic, cultural and sporting dynamism.

“Our simple vision for 2018, expressed as New Horizons, shows that we want to help promote and grow winter sport to a new audience and a new generation, leaving a lasting legacy that will benefit the Olympic Movement like never before.” 

The bid visuals displayed a map of the world showing all the locations of the winter Games featuring a mere two Asian stagings in Sapporo, Japan 1972 and Nagano, Japan of 1998. Success for PyeongChang would end a 20-year absence for the region.

Cho emphasized that South Korea could host a safe Olympic Games as a response to concerns following the recent skirmishes with North Korea. South Korea has staged a number of world level events without mishap.

Joining Cho in presenting the PyeongChang case were Yong Sung Park (president of the Korean Olympic Committee), Kwang-bae Kang (PyeongChang 2018 director of sport), and Theresa Rah (PyeongChang 2018 communications director).  Also attending were the Governor of Gangwon Province Kwang-Jae Lee and Jin-Sun Kim, PyeongChang 2018 bid Ambassador (and former Governor of Gangwon Province).

PyeongChang is bidding against Annecy and Munich with the decision being taken on July 6 at the Durban IOC Session.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Olympic Bidding · Yang Ho Cho · Kwang-bae Kang

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