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KOREA ON THE FINISH LINE WITH PREPARATION TO WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

Korea on the finish line with preparation to Winter Olympic Games
World Journalists Conference (WJC) 2017 was held in the Republic of Korea from 2th to 8th April.  Journalist all over the world had an opportunity to explore Korea in 5 days press-trip through the land. This big annual event was hosted by Journalists Association of Korea and supported by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   
“This year’s conference is on the theme, “The Role of Media for the World peace”. Around 90 Journalist have traveled from 55 countries across the globe to gather at Seoul. I hope the conference provides a meaningful, informative experience to all participants”, - told Jung Kyu Sung, President of Journalists Association of Korea. 
And the 1st Vice Minister of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Song Sook-eun: “The Republic of Korea is the world’s only remaining divided country and is still in a state of armistice. Therefore I think it is very meaningful that we hold the Conference here under the Theme of “Role of Media for World Peace” and engage in serious discussions. Over the past ten years, North Korea has carried out five nuclear tests and launched a dozen of missiles, heightening tensions in the region and constantly threatening peace on the Korean peninsula. The Republic of Korea government will also do its best and actively support journalists for lasting peace on the Korean peninsula. I encourage all of you to tour the sites of the 2018 PyeonChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics during your stay here”. 
So that how our Korea-trip look like. The first day has held the conference at Korea Press Centre, then we have visited Gyeongbokgung Palace and K-Style Hub. Second day – Gangneung, Ojukheon House, Gangneung Seongyojang and went to city PyeongChang. Third day – Suwon City, where we saw Mr. Toilet House, Suwon Hwanseong Museum and Suwon Hwanseong Haenggung.  Day number four was Busan day, we have visited UN Memorial Cemetry, Busan Cinema Centre and the last 5th day was spend in city Incheon, they do call it "Korean Dubai". We saw there Gwangmyeong Cave, Songdo Central Park, and Incheon China Town. Every city and every place have its own interesting places and facts that you can see and mention. Korea is about people. They do everything for having a good comfortable beautiful high-quality life. You can feel it from the beginning: airplane, airport (where you can drink water free of charge, not as in the most world airports paying at least 3-4 Euros for a small bottle of water), nice clothes, food, cosmetic, even toilets are launched for comfort. They take care of people with disabilities: Braille font in elevators and other needful things for integration. 
But I would like to stress our visit to Olympic Objects. Korea is preparing for Winter Olympic Games for the next year "PyeongChang 2018". We visited two places where all Olympic Games will be held, Gangneung City - new build Ice Arena with 12 thousand seats. And another new built Object -Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in PyeongChang with 11 thousand seats and 2,500 standing seats. From 6 new Olympic Objects, 4 are already finished. Venue Location: PyeongChang, Gangneung, Jeongseon. 
We had a meeting in a PyeongChang Main Operation Centre, where we got all information about preparation of Olympic Games. 
According to this data, the Olympic Winter Games will be held in Korea for the first time in 30 years after the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. PyeongChang will be the stage for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and most snow sports. Alpine speed events will take place in Jeongseon, and all ice sports will compete in the coastal city of Gangneung. Slogan: “Passion. Connected”. Passion. Connected refers to the world in which everyone is connected with a shared passion for winter sports, a world open to any generation anywhere, anytime, to open new horizons in the continued growth of winter sports.
'Passion' means a very strong feeling, affection and something one is fond of. PyeongChang is a place of global festivals that inspires each other and symbolizes a place where Koreans share their warm affection. It also expresses the Olympic spirit and the warm-heartedness of Koreans. 'Connected' means to link, join, combine, bridge, and understand. 
PyeongChang is a place where all generations can participate and inspire each other anytime and anywhere through Korea’s innovative technology and cultural convergence, and it means opening a new horizon for a new beginning, a harmonized world, and the Olympic Winter Games. The emblem symbolizes the world open to everyone. It combines the image of ice and snow, winter sports stars (athletes), and people from all over the world, coming together in PyeongChang where heaven meets earth. The first Chinese symbol represents the first consonant of the first syllable of PyeongChang in the Korean alphabet, Hangul, and expresses the harmony of Heaven, Earth, and Man. And second one depicts the first Korean consonant of the second syllable of PyeongChang in Hangul, and represents snow, ice, and winter sports stars (athletes). 
Athletes taking part in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will compete in 102 events in 15 sports disciplines. The Games will be the first ever Olympic Winter Games with over 100 gold medals.
In particular, 6 new events such as Snowboard Big Air (men, women), Speed Skating Mass Start (men, women), Curling Mixed Doubles, Alpine Skiing Team Event will be added to the program. PyeongChang 2018 will also be the stage for the greatest number of women’s and mixed events in the history of Olympic Winter Games.
Snow Sports,7 events: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, Snowboard. Ice Sports,5 events: Short Track Speed Skating, Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Curling. Sliding Sports,3 events: Bobsleigh, Luge, Skeleton. Mascot. Soohorang, the mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games took its motif from a white tiger, which has been long considered Korea’s guardian animal. “Sooho,” meaning protection in Korean, symbolizes protection offered to the athletes, spectators and other participants in the 2018 Games. “Rang” comes from the middle letter of “Ho-rang-i,” the Korean word for “Tiger,” and is also the last letter of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang,” a cherished traditional folk song of Gangwon Province, where the Games will be held. Soohorang not only has a dauntless spirit and passion but also is a trustworthy friend who protects the athletes, spectators and all participants in the Olympic Games.
Benefits: Contributing to economic revitalization through job creation from the Games preparation stage, Promoting national strength and standing, and making a leap forward in politics, economy, society and culture through upgrading the national brand, Balanced regional development through upgrading regional brand value and expansion of Social Overhead Capital (SOC), Nationwide energy converged to propel national development by enhanced integration and pride, Leading global market in high-tech industries such as IT, green industry, etc., Symbolic opportunity to become an advanced country by showcasing Korea to the world with successful delivery of the Olympic Winter Games following the Seoul 1998 Games, Promoting Inter-Korea reconciliation, cooperation and peace with the Olympic movement, Creating a hub for Asian Winter Sports with great growth potential. 
All athletes, officials, spectators and members of the media will be greeted and supported throughout their Games experience by the Passion Crew which amounts to more than 87,000 people - around 56,000 during the Olympic Games and 31,000 during the Paralympic Games. The title was chosen to complement the Games slogan “Passion. Connected”. 
President of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Lee Hee Beom said, “The Passion Crew will be the face of the Games along with the hundreds of athletes that will be competing for glory next year. By giving this collective group a name, it creates unity in their efforts and a ‘one-team’ ethos throughout all 54 functional areas (e.g. Sport, Ticketing, Security, Transport, Logistics). Staff and volunteers will unite under this title and we want everyone to feel a sense of pride and passion at being part of PyeongChang 2018.” 
At the meeting with the Mayor of Gangneung City, Myeong Hee Choi has also mentioned doing not muddle together PyeongChang with the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. To avoid confusion with the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the Olympic host was officially rebranded from its original name, Pyeongchang, to PyeongChang, adding an all-important “e” and capital “C.” The new spelling only partly worked, though, as some international media have not adopted the capital C. And travelers have still gotten confused, such as the Kenyan delegate headed to the ski center for a United Nations biodiversity conference in 2014 who accidentally booked a ticket to North Korea instead. 
Edita BADASYAN, Reporter
10.05.2017 - Hit : 774


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