POSTED: Tuesday February 15th 2011
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President Myung-bak Lee greets the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission in PyeongChang

President Lee at the Bobsleigh Start Practice Track in the Alpensia Resort
President Lee at the Bobsleigh Start Practice Track in the Alpensia Resort

President Lee with kids that are participating in the 2011 Dream Program
President Lee with kids that are participating in the 2011 Dream Program

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA, 15 February 2011: President Myung-bak Lee of the Republic of Korea today extended a special welcome to Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission as their inspection of PyeongChang's bid to host the Winter Games in 2018 got underway.

President Lee began the day by visiting PyeongChang’s new Bobsleigh Start Practice Track in the Alpensia Resort, where he met the children participating in the 2011 Dream Program and cheered their enthusiasm for winter sports. President Lee then greeted the IOC Evaluation Commission Members at an informal welcome reception. At the reception he talked with the Members and reaffirmed his dedicated support of the bid and his personal commitment to help bring the Winter Games to Korea for the first time in the country's history.

President Lee highlighted to the IOC Evaluation Commission that PyeongChang's bid for the 2018 Winter Games has the absolute backing of all levels of government in Korea. He also emphasised Korea's strong cross-party political support and stated that the Korean central government, the Gangwon provincial government and the PyeongChang municipal government have pledged to honour all required IOC guarantees. This includes the funding of infrastructure development costs and confirmation that 100% of the land for the proposed 2018 Winter Games venues is secured.

President Lee was joined at the informal welcome reception by senior members of the PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee, including Chairman and CEO Yang Ho Cho, as well as Korean IOC Members Kun Hee Lee and Dae Sung Moon, Parliamentary members, mayors of venue cities PyeongChang and Gangneung, KOC President Yong Sung Park, representatives of Korean Winter Sports Federations, and Korean athletes including Vancouver 2010 speed skating gold medallists Tae-Bum Mo and Sang-Hwa Lee.

Following the reception, President Lee met with senior Bid Committee members, local government officials and all parties relevant to PyeongChang 2018’s preparation for the IOC Evaluation Commission visit to reiterate that he and people from around the country are backing the bid for the 2018 Winter Games.

-ENDS-

NOTE TO EDITORS

Please find attached images of President Lee with children participating in the 2011 Dream Program.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The city of PyeongChang in Gangwon Province, South Korea is bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018. The city’s bid is managed by the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee, a non-profit organisation that was established on 14 September 2009. The Chairman and CEO of the Bid Committee is Yang Ho Cho, who is also Chairman of Korean Air. Additional members of the PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee include representatives from all levels of national and local government, the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC), the Korean Paralympic Committee (KPC), winter sports athletes and para-athletes, and private businesses. The election of the Host City of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place during the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Durban, South Africa on 6 July 2011.


For further information about PyeongChang’s bid to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, please visit http://www.pyeongchang2018.org

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Keywords · 2018 · Winter · Olympics · Bid · PyeongChang · Committee · Myung-bak Lee · Alpensia Resort · 2011 Dream Program


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