POSTED: February 18th 2011
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Koreans hit the right note - and hopefully sweet music for the IOC, too

Guess who? Members of the IOC commission as portrayed in face masks by Korean children in Gangneung / lake images
Guess who? Members of the IOC commission as portrayed in face masks by Korean children in Gangneung / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE in PyeongChang / Sports Features Communications

PYEONGCHANG, S Korea, Feb 18: Mixed reactions are inevitable to the organised cheer-leading which greets the IOC evaluation commission on its various stops in and around PyeongChang and which, on occasions, it barely acknowledges.

But some moments do strike a chord and one literal example was the glorious choral singing of a 2018-strong massed choir in the Gangneung ice stadium.

Jung Nam-gyu, conductor of the Wonju City Choir had pulled it all together, he told SportsFeatures.com, in just two weeks. The singing – including, appropriately for the occasion, Abba’s I have a dream – lifted the moment over and over the world of sports commerce.

Finally, and just in case commission leader Gunilla Lindberg and her 14-strong team wondered . . . the cartoon caricatures and face masks borne by young and old outside the stadium and at Gyeongpodae beach were all meant in the best possible hospitable taste.


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