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  • Speculation Over Leadership of 2018 Winter Olympics


    Cho with IOC President Rogge last month in Korea. (ATR)
    (ATR) Yang Ho Cho, chairman of the PyeongChang 2018 bid committee is expected to lead the new organizing committee, according to a report by South Korean newspaper Hankook Ilbo.

    The paper sources an unnamed government official who says Cho is “seen by Cheong Wa Dae as a suitable to lead the organizing committee”. Cheong Wa Dae, known in English as the Blue House, is the official residence for South Korea’s president.

    Korean president Myung Bak Lee will make the decision. The Korean government will have a major role delivering the 2018 Games, awarded to PyeongChang two and-a-half months ago.

    Cho, 67, is one of the most important businessmen in South Korea, leading the Hanjin Group whose holdings include Korean Air. Cho led the third bid for PyeongChang from the outset, more than two years ago. A spokesman for Cho was not available to comment.

    Two of the other leading candidates for the position include Korean Olympic Committee chief Y.S. Park and ex-governor of Gangwon Province, Jin Sun Kim. Kim led PyeongChang’s two previous Olympic bids.

    Park, attending the Sport for All conference in Beijing, tells Around the Rings he had no word on who might be selected for the post. Park says he is not expecting a decision from President Lee until next week. Lee is currently travelling in the United States.

    The IOC requires Olympic hosts to form their organizing committees within five months of being chosen, putting the deadline in early December for PyeongChang.

    The IOC has named Gunilla Lindberg, influential IOC member from Sweden, as the chair for the Coordination Commission that will supervise the preparations for the first Winter Games for Korea.

    Written and reported by Ed Hula III.

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