Organizing Committees Established for Snowboard and Biathlon World Championships to be Held in Asia for the First Time in 2009
Korea Biathlon Association Chair Bae Chang-hwan and Korea Ski Association Chair Byeon Tak were appointed to head the two committees, which include representatives from the Korean Olympic Committee, Gangwon provincial government, PyeongChang local government, Korean sports federations and the media. The first step was to establish the organizing committees as legal entities.
Kim Jin-sun, Governor of Gangwon Province and Executive President of PyeongChang 2014 Bid Committee, who participated in the meeting, said,
“We very much look forward to hosting the World Biathlon Championships and the Snowboard World Championships in PyeongChang in 2009. Both events promise great action and excitement. It will be the first time these championships have taken place in Asia, which provides an excellent opportunity to grow interest in biathlon and snowboarding among young people in the region.”
If PyeongChang is selected to host the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the 2009 Snowboard and Biathlon World Championships will gain even more significance, as important milestones for the organizing committee.
Numerous major international winter sport events have been held in Gangwon Province in recent years in sports including alpine skiing, snowboarding, short track and curling. Most recently, a FIS Snowboard World Cup event took place in February 2007.
In addition to the Snowboard and Biathlon World Championships in 2009, PyeongChang and Gangwon Province have been selected to host several other major events in the years ahead, such as the 2008 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships and the 2009 World Women’s Curling Championships in Gangneung.