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(LEAD) Yoon meets with arts, sports personalities, including 'Squid Game' actor Lee Jung-jae

All News 16:18 April 27, 2022

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with remarks from event; CHANGES headline, photo)

SEOUL, April 27 (Yonhap) -- President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol on Wednesday met with a group of arts and sports personalities, including "Squid Game" actor Lee Jung-jae and Olympic short track speed skater Choi Min-jeong.

The group met over lunch at Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a cultural hub in Seoul, as part of a series of lunches organized by the transition team's national unity committee to help the president-elect listen to the voices of diverse sectors.

"It's an honor that all of you, the Republic of Korea's biggest stars, agreed to share your precious time," Yoon said. "Today, I will have to learn a lot from you about how you rose to your positions."

Other attendees included football legend Lee Young-pyo, Korean traditional singer Song So-hee and classical pianist Son Yeol-eum.

Yoon turned to Choi to thank her for winning gold at this year's Beijing Winter Olympics, noting her victory came when South Koreans were angry over "unfair refereeing" against her teammates.

"Thanks to you, people relieved their stress," he said, drawing applause from the participants.

Earlier, Yoon's spokesperson Bae Hyun-jin said the president-elect planned to use the event to express his gratitude to the culture, arts and sports communities for bringing hope to the people and uniting the country during the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol (C) talks with actor Lee Jung-jae (R) and short track speed skater Choi Min-jeong during a meeting with figures from the fields of culture, sports and arts in Seoul on April 27, 2022. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

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