POSTED: July 28th 2012
Korea House opens at London 2012 with compelling show of Olympic Spirit
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
July 28 – The Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) opened their hospitality house today in London and International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Ser Miang Ng represented President Rogge in extending best wishes for Team Korea.
Korean House is located at the prestigious Royal Yacht Club in London in the Knightsbridge area near the famed Harrod’s department store.
Over a dozen IOC members were present, including Gunilla Lindberg, who chairs the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission, two other IOC Vice-presidents, Craig Reedie and Thomas Bach, and board member Sergey Bubka to name a few.
The two leaders of the PyeongChang 2018 Games, President Jin Sun Kim and Vice-President Dong Hoo Moon were greeting guests and promoting the POCOG booth. Korean sports Minister, Kwang-shik Choe, was also present showing the government's support for the team and the upcoming Games.
Korea attended the London '48 Games for the first time and KOC head, YS Park, said, "At that time Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. They came by ship, by rail and by train to the Games.
"But we overcame all kinds of hardships."
Not only is Korea participating in the Games with a strong contingent, they are preparing to host the PyeongChang 2018 winter Games. Telephone and television manufacturer, Samsung electronics, is a TOP Sponsor of the Olympic Movement and supports a number of cultural initiatives.
However the special moment of the day was not honoring a multi-medalled athlete, but Team Korea's physiotherapist of the '48 Games.
Judith Powell, a physiotherapist from the Notting Hill area of London, was honored with a plaque for her service to the team 64 years ago.
A compelling show of the Olympic Spirit if there ever was one and a great way to kick off the Games.
Korea House will be open through the Games with cultural activities, team medal celebrations, and information.
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