PyeongChang Determined To Increase Opportunities For Young People In Africa To Participate In Winter Sports
In a presentation to the General Secretaries, the bid team spoke about PyeongChang’s ambition to organize the best ever Olympic Winter Games, with participation from the widest possible range of nations.
During its bid for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, PyeongChang committed to creating a development program for athletes from countries lacking the natural environment for winter sports. PyeongChang fulfilled its promise and has been running the Dream Program since 2004. Each year over 100 young people from 30 or more countries, aged 9 to 15, visit Korea for two weeks to receive training in winter sports. So far over 80 young people from South Africa, Togo, Cameroon, Senegal, Algeria, Kenya and Tunisia have participated, as well as almost 300 from other continents. Athletes from more African countries are expected to take part in the 2007 Dream Program.
Kim Jin-sun, Executive President of the bid committee said:
”PyeongChang is delivering the promise it made to support the participation of more young people from Africa and other parts of the world in winter sport, in accordance with the true Olympic spirit. By bidding to host the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Korea we seek to help the Olympic Movement to continue to grow in Asia and beyond.
“African Olympic Committees have played an important role in advancing the Olympic Movement.
That is why the PyeongChang 2014 team so much values having the opportunity to travel to Malawi to meet you and to share our ideas with you.”
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