POSTED: May 4th 2011
NewsUpdate

PyeongChang 2018 looks to write a new page in sports history

(L to R) Sun-Kyoo Park, Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Theresa Rah, PyeongChang 2018 Communications Director / lake images
(L to R) Sun-Kyoo Park, Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Theresa Rah, PyeongChang 2018 Communications Director / lake images

LAURA WALDEN in Doha / Sports Features Communications

May 04: The PyeongChang bid is looking to make its mark in history by bringing the winter Games back to Asia and by striving to host “truly green Games” should they win the chance to host the 2018 winter Olympics.

PyeongChang and the venue cities have been developing environmental infrastructure expansion projects aimed at conserving grade-1 water resources, vitalizing ecosystems, improving biodiversity, and recycling waste materials as energy resources.

Environmental efforts have led to the city being designated a ‘Low-Carbon Green Growth Model City’ by the National Government.

SportsFeatures.com had the chance to sit down with bid officials during the 9th IOC Sport and the Environment conference being held in Doha.

Theresa Rah, PyeongChang 2018 Communications Director, said: "SportAccord was a great opportunity to meet with all the stakeholders of the sports community including IOC Members, International Federations and the sports industry. We had a wonderful response to our presentation at SportAccord which delivered our vision of New Horizons and our hope of hosting the Winter Games in Korea for the first time and using the occasion to grow the winter sports base in new parts of the world, especially Asia.

“From the feedback we’ve received, we think our message was received clearly and in a persuasive manner and we hope to continue this momentum in this final, crucial leg of the campaign.

"Our team is currently very hard at work preparing for the Lausanne technical briefing, which is being mentioned by many IOC Members as an important moment in the campaign. We are working hard on our presentation and preparing for any questions that may be raised by the Members.

"After Lausanne, we will be preparing for our last regional presentation at ANOCA before heading to Durban for the final presentation. Along the way, we will continue to meet with members of the Olympic Family to listen and learn, and convey our message of New Horizons and why Pyeongchang for 2018.

Sun-Kyoo Park, Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism said: “The interest and encouragement of Olympic Family Members that we have met here in Doha are a great source of strength and support for us.

"Attending the WCSE, I am more convinced than ever that sports events like the Olympic Games are not simply a sporting festival for the world, but one of the most powerful tools for solving some of the most challenging issues facing us today.

"PyeongChang would like to write a new chapter in Winter Games history. We want to expand the stage for winter sports beyond Europe and North America, where the Winter Games have been concentrated. We want to employ this opportunity to promote the values of the Olympic Movement and use sport to promote unity and development on all regions of the world, including Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

"The 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul were a pivotal point in Korea’s development. We had problems of poverty, human rights and other issues and the Games helped us move forward. We would now like to contribute to leaving a lasting legacy for the global community.

"We will start with the environment, which is a top priority for the Korean Government. Our Green Dream - O2 Plus Programme symbolises this. Our aim is to achieve 100 percent energy efficiency through renewable energy, utilize a smart grid system to secure renewable energy at all venues and construct a new wind energy power plant for the Games.

"We are taking all necessary steps to create a truly Green Games in 2018," he concluded.

Yu-na Kim to Lausanne

Vice-minister Park also confirmed that gold medal figure skater Yu-na Kim would be in Lausanne for the technical briefing on May 18-19 to show her backing for the Korean bid.

She is also expected to be in Durban for the final vote at the IOC session July 6th. Kim is part of the athletes' commission supporting the campaign.

PyeongChang is running against Munich and Annecy to host the 2018 winter Games. The final decision will be decided July 6th in Durban, South Africa.



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