Yang-ho Cho new leader for 2018 Olympic Winter Games

06 August 2014 15:27
Yang-ho Cho in Seoul
Yang-ho Cho in Seoul -
POCOG 2018

Yang-ho Cho is the new President of the Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang (KOR).

The 65-year-old was elected to lead the Organising Committee, known as POCOG at its General Assembly held in Seoul. The meeting was called to fill the vacancy created when Jin Sun Kim resigned a few weeks ago.

Cho, a South Korean corporate executive, led the winning bid to host the Olympic Winter Games, an experience on which he plans to capitalise. “I will try to rely on my experience as the head of the bidding committee to ensure a successful Olympics,” he said during a press conference.

President Cho and a POCOG delegation are expected to meet with IOC President Thomas Bach during the course of the upcoming Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

IOC President Bach commented: “The election of Yang-ho Cho as President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee underlines the importance that the Republic of Korea and the Korean sports movement places upon the success of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. We are pleased that President Cho has been elected so quickly and that he will dedicate himself to this important national project. I welcome him back to the PyeongChang team. I am sure that he will deliver great Olympic Winter Games for the athletes in 2018.”

FIS President Gian Franco Kasper added: ”We look forward to working closely and constructively with President Yang-ho Cho over the coming three and a half years. His knowledge of the PyeongChang 2018 project from his role as successful leader of the bidding committee for the Games is an important factor in a quick and smooth transition.”