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Comedian named honorary ambassador for PyeongChang 2018

All Headlines 11:58 July 05, 2017

By Joo Kyung-don

SEOUL, July 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean comedian Kim Byoung-man was named an honorary ambassador for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, the local organizing committee said Wednesday.

The organizing committee said Kim will take part in promotional activities for the Olympics and the Paralympics in 2018 as honorary ambassador.

The organizers said Kim will also serve as a leader for "Passion Crew." Passion Crew refers to all the Games workforce, including volunteers, securities and contractors, for the PyeongChang Olympics and Paralympics. There are more than 87,000 members -- 56,000 for the Olympics and 31,000 for the Paralympics -- of Passion Crew, according to the organizers.

Kim, 41, is known for his slapstick and acrobatic stunts and has been featured in various entertainment shows. He said he feels honored to promote South Korea's first Winter Games.

"I have a great respect for athletes, and they're really amazing," Kim said at his appointment ceremony. "I want to thank officials for giving me this opportunity to promote the stage for the athletes. I want to experience as many winter sports as possible."

The entertainer joins other non-sports figures like actors Kim Woo-bin and Lee Min-ho, along with soprano Sumi Jo, on the list of PyeongChang's honorary ambassadors.

The Winter Olympics will kick off Feb. 8 next year for a 17-day run in PyeongChang and two other adjacent cities in Gangwon Province.

South Korean comedian Kim Byoung-man speaks at an event celebrating his 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games honorary ambassador appointment in Seoul on July 5, 2017. (Yonhap)

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