In a departure from previous bids, the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games committee will have two co-chairmen – Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho and Gangwon Province Governor Kim Jin-sun.
The appointments were announced by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the government will launch the committee as soon as possible, reports The Korea Times.
A ministry official told The Korea Times Wednesday, “we have looked for someone who has international networks, as well as an understanding of sports”
The Korea Times reports PyeongChang, after two failed bids, with a population of only 44,000, now boasts that it is in a position to be “the best candidate” for the 2018 Winter Games.
Gangwon Province has hosted the world championships for snowboarding, biathlon and the World Women’s Curling Championship, as well as the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing World Championships this year.
Kim said, “now we will win the hearts of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) commissioners. We have experience. We will contact them man-to-man”.