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S. Korea to award order of sport merit to IOC chief

All Headlines 13:23 March 06, 2018

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will award the highest decoration in the country's Order of Sport Merit to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach for his contribution to the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, the government said Tuesday.

At its 10th Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, the South Korean government decided to give the Cheongryong Medal ("blue dragon" in Korean) to Bach.

The South Korean government recognizes those who made a big contribution to the country's sports development and promotion. Previous Cheongryong Medal recipients include former Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na and former national football team head coach Guus Hiddink, who led South Korea to the 2002 FIFA World Cup semifinals.

The government also said Gunilla Lindberg, head of the IOC's Coordination Commission on PyeongChang, will be the recipient of the Maengho Medal ("fierce tiger" in Korean), the second-highest Order of Sport Merit.

The PyeongChang Olympics, the first Winter Games held in South Korea, were staged between Feb. 9 and 25, featuring some 2,920 athletes from 92 countries.

In this file photo taken Feb. 25, 2018, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach gives a speech during the closing ceremony for the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province. (Yonhap)

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