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New chief for PyeongChang meets IOC head for 1st time

All News 18:45 June 02, 2016

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) -- Lee Hee-beom, head of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, has "exchanged views on matters of mutual interest" with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, officials here said Thursday.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) said the first meeting between the two took place on the sidelines of the IOC Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. Bach hosted a dinner to congratulate Lee's recent appointment as the new chief organizer for South Korea's first Winter Olympics.

Lee, a long-time bureaucrat and corporate executive, took over the POCOG two weeks ago.

Lee briefed Bach and other IOC officials in attendance on PyeongChang's preparations for the Olympics. Lee also asked for the IOC's understanding on the POCOG's financial difficulties, and Bach responded that the IOC would discuss ways to form a consultative group with the POCOG to enhance its cooperation with PyeongChang.

Lee also reiterated his earlier plan to set up a cooperative body among three Northeast Asian hosts of the upcoming Olympics. The Winter Games in PyeongChang will kick off an unprecedented cycle of three consecutive Olympics in the region, with Tokyo lined up to host the 2020 Summer Games, and Beijing to stage the 2022 Winter Games.

According to the POCOG, Bach said during this year's Rio de Janeiro Summer Games, he will ensure the foundation of such an organization involving himself and the chief organizers of the three Olympics in Asia.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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