Launch of Gangwon Province Sports Association for People with a Disability Lays the Foundation for Potential 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang
GWSAD, chaired by Kim Jin-sun, the Governor of Gangwon Province, has appointed three vice presidents and a board of 23 directors, including athletes with a disability, representatives from disability sport associations, specialist schools and the medical profession.
GWSAD will promote sports participation among the 80,000 people with a disability in Gangwon Province through expanding the base of sports opportunities and supporting athletes.
If PyeongChang is selected to host the 2014 Winter Games, PyeongChang plans to launch the Prepara-X Project, which is a 7 year preparation program with a $15.3m US budget to ensure the successful hosting of the Paralympic Games. The aim of the project is to increase the awareness and interest of the public and media in the Paralympic Winter Games, as well as to develop promising young athletes.
Kim Jin-sun, Governor of Gangwon Province and Executive President of the PyeongChang 2014 Bid Committee said: “In Gangwon Province we are determined that the benefits of sports participation should be available to the whole community. The Gangwon Province Sports Association for People with a Disability will drive the continuing development and awareness of sport for people with a disability. If PyeongChang hosts in 2014 we are committed to putting on outstanding Paralympic Winter Games, with enthusiastic crowds and a strong Korean team.”
The PyeongChang bid committee is planning athlete-focused Paralympic Winter Games, with the Village, hotel and Main Media Center all located within a 6 kilometer radius. Athletes will be able to perform at their best in a state-of-the-art environment. All venues will be fully accessible for athletes and spectators, ensuring maximum convenience for everybody at the Games.
In November 2007 the International Paralympic Committee Congress will be held in Seoul, giving a further boost to the promotion of Paralympic sport in Korea.