PyeongChang adds more strength in depth to 2018 Winter Games bid team
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
TAMPA/PYEONGCHANG, Dec 23: Three new key personalities have been added to the PyeongChang team bidding to bring the Winter Olympics for the first time.
A special bid committee meeting at the Seoul Olympic nominated two new vice-chairmen to take the number to 10, now including senior vice-chairman and Gangwon Province Governor Kwang Jae Lee. A new ambassador specialized in cultural affairs was also included on the team.
The President of Korea, Myung-bak Lee, also visited Chuncheon, the capital of Gangwon Province, this week to open a new subway line connecting Seoul and Chuncheon.
Lee congratulated the bid team on the new appointments, saying: "The people of Korea have dreamed about hosting a Winter Games in their home nation for many years. With the country's continued passionate support for the bid, and with our dedicated Bid Committee steering the campaign, I believe PyeongChang's dream will become a reality in 2018.
"I am proud of the work already accomplished and that we have kept our promises to the IOC. I'm also delighted to reaffirm that the double-track rail service linking Wonju and Gangneung, an integral part of PyeongChang 2018's transport plan, has full government backing and will be completed before 2018."
Kolleen Park, one of the new ambassadors, is a musical creative director and head professor at Howon University, South Korea. She will lend her expertise to the PyeongChang cultural program. Her background includes living in the United States but now she is based in Korea where she has directed and conducted many large-scale musical productions, hosted musical television programmes and composed original music.
The two new vice-chairs are Ki-young Uhm, a celebrated Korean television news anchor and former CEO of Korea's MBC Broadcasting who is native of Gangwon Province, and Jeong-soh Oh, former minister of Korea's Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA).
Bid head and ceo Yang Ho Cho said: "As we approach the last six months of the bid campaign, we are delighted to have the support of our new ambassador and vice-chairmen.
"Their business and political experience, and their passion for the bid, will be an asset for the campaign right through to the 2018 Host City decision in Durban. I look forward to working with them all as we progress towards important milestones next year including the Candidature File submission in January, and the IOC Evaluation Commission visit in February."
Governor Lee took the opportunity to award bid Yang Ho Cho and Korean NOC president Yong Sung Park with honorary citizenship of the Gangwon Province. This was in recognition of the ongoing commitment on behalf of the bid to bring the Games to the province.
PyeongChang is competing against Munich and Annecy. The decision will be voted at the IOC session in Durban, South Africa next July.
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