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  • PyeongChang and Beijing Team Up for Winter Olympic Preps


    (ATR) The PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022 Organizing Committees intend to come together next month to discuss a "bilateral cooperation".
    President of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee Hee-Beom Lee (PY2018)

    It is believed that their cooperative efforts will highlight the importance of partnership in order to make future Games more successful.

    The committees plan to explore topics including operational experience, expertise, sponsorship, stadium utilization and ideas for promotion.

    One promotion has already been released for the 2018 Games.

    A music video titled "Arariyo (Can’t Stop Moving)" was released in September as part of a program to promote a dance contest to mark the Games.

    Citizens of Korea have been very critical of the promotion describing the video as tacky and an embarrassment that doesn't display the value of the global event compared to other Games promotions such as Tokyo 2020.
    The 2018 PyeongChang video promotion "Araiyo" (YouTube)

    The Tokyo promotional video received significant positive feedback for its organized story line and use of animated characters. 
    The Korean music video features the country's top jazz artist Juhan Lee, K-Pop star Hyorin of the group Sistar and two comedians enjoying a range of winter sports as they get infected by a "happy virus" that causes them to dance and spread happiness throughout PyeongChang. 

    The estimated cost of the video's production was around $240,000. 

    As an incentive for citizens to become involved, people who send videos of themselves dancing to the song have the opportunity to win $60,000.

    Russia misses Paralympic qualifier deadline

    Russian Paralympic skiers and biathlon racers have not met the required deadline to apply for Games qualifiers for PyeongChang 2018.

    "We have failed to submit applications by the requested deadline and it is hard for me to say what is coming next," head coach of the skiing and biathlon team Irina Gromova told TASS.

    Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) vice president Pavel Rozhkov recently stated the IPC didn't properly provide the requirements regarding athletes' membership reinstatement therefore inhibiting their ability to reach the application deadline. 

    On Aug. 7, the IPC decided to ban the entire Russian Paralympic team from participating in the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The ruling was made after the release of the McLaren Report. 

    The report claimed a total of 35 doping samples were concealed by Russian Paralympic sports between 2012 and 2015. 

    Although it was found that not all stated cases concerned the RPC, the IPC decided on collectively punishing the Russian national team.

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    Written by Courtney Colquitt

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