PyeongChang 2018 Co-Chair and Governor of Gangwon Province Jin-Sun Kim believes that delivery on past promises should bolster his city’s bid for the Olympic Winter Games.
In Monday’s Korea Herald Kim explained how plans made during the past two unsuccessful bids have now been delivered and why PyeongChang is ready to host the Games.
He said that a third bid for the Games “is for the good of the residents here in Gangwon Province, and it is also for the good of the whole nation and further, of the international winter sports family as a whole.”
“Despite two previous unsuccessful bids, PyeongChang has been diligently delivering on all the commitments it made to the IOC during the 2010 bid process. Venues for Ski Jumping, Biathlon, Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboard and Curling have all been built according to the plan, and the IOC Hotel and the Media Village have also been completed already. In particular, the Dream Program, which has been staged in PyeongChang with the motto of ‘Olympics for the Next Generations,’ has garnered the world’s kind attention and positive evaluation.
A legacy of the 2010 bid, the Dream Program endeavours to host young people from countries where winter sports are not available due to economic and climate conditions – and provide them with sports, culture and social opportunities with their peers from around the world. This event has been running successfully for six years and has seen steady growth.
“This Dream Program, which contributes to the advancement of the Olympic Movement by bridging between generations and between continents, is a testament of PyeongChang’s ardent wishes to attract the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
Kim also said that focusing on the principle of “an athlete-centered, competition-first Olympic Games” adds to the strength and viability of PyeongChang’s offer to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
While emphasizing the importance of legacies in PyeongChnag’s bid Kim said “I firmly believe that any country in the world, with the right conditions, should be given equal opportunity to host the Games, in line with the true spirit of the Olympic Movement. PyeongChang will continue to work hard to further enhance the values of Olympism and to leave strong, convincing legacies for the Olympic Movement across the nation and all over the world.”
“I am confident. In the year of 2018, when the world’s athletes, inspired by Olympic spirits, gather in the Olympic and Paralympic Villages in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province that remains divided between South and North Korea, and realize how big and meaningful a contribution they are making to world peace and reconciliation, I am confident they would all say, “If there’s a most proud thing to say in this world of peace and freedom, that would be ‘I am a citizen of PyeongChang.’
“What else could be a more noble victory of Olympism than this?”
PyeongChang is competing against Annecy and Munich to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The three cities will meet with IOC officials in Lausanne this week for an administrative review and will take part in an observers’ programme at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February next year.
The IOC will vote for the winner July 6, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.