PyeongChang is hoping it’s third time lucky as it launched its official campaign for the 2018 Winter Games Monday and selected two chairmen.
The committee has 76 members from several fields, reports the Korea Times, and is headed by Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho and Gangwon Province Governor Kim Jin-sun.
PyeongChang has had two failed bids – for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Kim said, “by PeyongChang’s two setbacks, we will strive to meet expectations from people for the Games”.
Prime Minister Han Seung-soo, chairman of the 2010 bid committee said, “as seen through the past two campaigns, PyeongChang is fully prepared to host a highest-level Olympics. The government will give its full support to make it happen this time”.
According to the Korea Times it’s the first time that the Olympic bid committee will have two leaders.
PyeongChang plans to submit a proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by October 15 and the IOC will then announce a shortlist of official candidates.
The 2018 host city will be selected at an IOC general assembly July 6, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.