Through our involvement in a variety of global sporting events, Korea has built a solid foundation and reputation as an experienced international host. We have a track record of successfully hosting a variety of major sporting events, from the 1997 Muju-Jeonju Winter Universiade, to the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan, to the 1986 Seoul and 2002 Busan Asian Games. And future opportunities continue, with preparations now underway for the 2011 IAAF World Championships, recently awarded to Korea.
But it was perhaps our most high-profile event—the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games— that afforded us the opportunity to experience first-hand the power of the Olympic Movement—its values, its legacies, its ideals. It was this experience that motivated PyeongChang to bid on the two previous Olympic Winter Games, and provided the inspiration for our current bid to host in 2018.
Our city itself has successfully hosted its own share of international athletic events—as many as 42 from 1997 to 2007. And as a burgeoning hub of winter sports in Asia, PyeongChang has enjoyed a wealth of experience hosting diverse international winter sporting events. This experience, along with our time working diligently to prepare our previous bids for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, has allowed PyeongChang to forge strong relationships with International Federations, earning their trust and confidence.
It’s this wealth of operational knowledge, along with an experienced workforce, that PyeongChang hopes to employ in our operational planning should we be provided the honour of hosting the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.