New chief of PyeongChang Winter Games begins official duties

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SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Yonhap) — The new chief of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea’s PyeongChang began his official duties on Monday, the event’s organizers said.

Cho Yang-ho, chairman of Hanjin Group, was elected as the new chief of the organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Games on July 31. Cho fills the vacancy left by Kim Jin-sun, who abruptly resigned on July 21 after nearly three years on the job, citing a need for new leadership for the host city.

PyeongChang, lying about 180 kilometers east of Seoul, will be staging South Korea’s first Winter Games.

In a press release, PyeongChang organizers said Cho was briefed on the organizing committee’s current state of affairs at its Seoul headquarters. In his address, Cho stressed the importance of team communication and cohesion, and asked the committee members to “transcend regions and ideologies to prepare for the national event of great significance.”

According to the committee, Cho will visit PyeongChang and nearby towns scheduled to host Winter Olympics events on Tuesday.

Cho, 65, was the head of PyeongChang’s Winter Games bidding committee in 2011, when PyeongChang beat out Munich of Germany in an International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote for the right to stage the 2018 Olympics.

Written by Yonhap News Agency

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