POSTED: January 18th 2012
South Korean President Lee joins POCOG for PyeongChang 2018 rally
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
TAMPA/PYEONGCHANG: South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was at Alpensia to join a special rally organized by the PyeongChang Organizing Committee Olympic Games (POCOG) under the leadership of Jin Sun Kim.
The event was held at the 2018 host city and about 4,000 people joined in the 'National Rally for a Successful PyeongChang 2018' that was organized to celebrate the nation’s inspiration to host the winter Olympics.
President Lee spoke to the attendees and lauded the IOC’s decision to grant PyeongChang the right to host the Olympics and called on the nation to work together and support all the efforts for successful Games.
He also attributed the win to the determination and staying power of the people behind the third bid and emphasized again that the government is completely backing the Games.
One other point that he brought out was that he hoped that the PyeongChang 2018 Games would be remembered for their rich culture, prosperous economy and tourism, and their desire to respect the environment as green Olympics.
And he reiterated his desire that PyeongChang would continue to carve out its legacy for winter sports and continue to pursue the ideals of the Dream Program allowing young people to experience winter sports for the first time.
The audience included ministers and officials from the central government, provincial and local governments. Also present were high level officials from the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) and Paralympic Committee as well as key advisors, and members of POCOG.
Thirteen individuals, including superstar figure skater Yuna Kim, were also presented with merit awards for their contribution to helping to being the Games to PyeongChang.
President Lee then met with the national team who were at Alpensia carrying out their training for ski jumping, cross country skiing and snowboarding.
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