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S. Korean president confers state decoration on IOC chief

All Headlines 18:31 March 08, 2018

SEOUL, March 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in conferred a state medal on Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee, on Thursday for his contributions to the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

Bach was presented with the Cheongryong Medal, the highest decoration in the country's Order of Sport Merit, in a ceremony at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

The quadrennial event was held in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, from Feb. 9-25 with more than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries, making it the largest Winter Olympic Games in history.

PyeongChang will open the 2018 Winter Paralympics Games on Friday, and it will be the largest in the games' history with 570 athletes from 49 countries set to take part. The Paralympic Games will end March 18.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) confers the Cheongryong Medal, the country's highest decoration in the Order of Sport Merit, on International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in a ceremony at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on March 8, 2018. (Yonhap)

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