PyeongChang 2018 Gets New Leader

Cho Yang-Ho, Chairman of the Korean conglomerate Hanjin Group, who led PyeongChang’s successful bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, is set to return as head of its organizing committee.

He announced his decision in a statement released by the company that said he has accepted the position made vacant by the surprise resignation last week of Kim Jin-sun.

He said, “now that I’ve agreed to take on the job as the chief organizer, I will dedicate myself to ensure a successful Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, relying on my experience as the top bid official. Many people in and outside Korea recommended that I take this position and I also wanted to keep the promise I’d made with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to work for a successful Olympics here”.

Cho, head of Korean Air, was head of the bid committee when PyeongChang was awarded the 2018 Games in 2011. He is a vice president of the Korean Olympic Committee.

He still needs to be officially approved at a meeting of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee.