Date : 06 May 2019
PyeongChang, Korea, May 6, 2019: The legacy of the Olympic Winter Games in Korea last year lives on with the launch of the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation headed by OCA Executive Board member Ryu Seung-min.
The Foundation was established by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism and Gangwon province with the surplus gained from the success of PyeongChang 2018.
The Foundation will focus on sports-related activities for young people and the development of winter sport, as well as managing three venues used during the Games – the Alpensia Sliding Centre, Gangneung Hockey Centre and Gangneung Oval.
The Foundation named Ryu, IOC Member in the Republic of Korea and Chairman of the OCA Entourage Committee, as its President at its inaugural general assembly on March 25. There is now a 15-member board that will oversee management and operations from its offices located within the former PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee headquarters.
“I am pleased to be moving forward with our plans to ensure that the legacy of PyeongChang 2018 continues,” said Ryu. “We are committed to continuing sports development programmes and ensuring that everyone in Korea remembers the successes of these Games.”
The Foundation recently honoured speed skaters Lee Sang-hwa (Korea) and Nao Kodaira (Japan) with an award for exemplifying the Olympic spirit during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games – their emotional embrace after Kodaira had beaten her long-time rival for gold in the 500 metres.
In addition to the development of the Foundation, legacy plans were recently confirmed for two venues used during PyeongChang 2018. The International Broadcast Centre will be remodelled into a national archive for the National Library of Korea and the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee headquarters will be used as a winter sports training centre.
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