20200110_During the 135th IOC Session

Gangwon-do Province on Jan. 10 earned the right to host the fourth Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2024 at the 135th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Yang-woo (fifth from left) poses with IOC President Thomas Bach (center) and Korean delegates after signing the hosting agreement.

 

By Min Yea-Ji and Kim Minji

Photos = Heo Man-jin, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Gangwon-do Province has won the right to host the fourth Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2024.

The 135th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Jan. 10 in Lausanne, Switzerland, overwhelmingly selected the province to host the competition in a vote.

Under its official name Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games, the event will take place in 2024 from Jan. 19 to Feb. 2 in the province’s city of Gangneung and the counties of Pyeongchang-gun and Jeongseon-gun. Medals will be up for grabs in 15 events spanning seven sports.

Austria hosted the inaugural competition in 2012 and Norway the second in 2016. Switzerland is hosting the third edition this year from Jan. 10-19.

In addition to being the event’s fourth host nation, Korea is also the first to secure hosting rights of an IOC event under the committee’s new selection method. Considering fairness in the selection of Olympic host nations and the economic feasibility of the host country, the IOC last year formed Future Host Commissions for thorough assessment of countries bidding to host a competition.

박양우 문화체육관광부 장관(오른쪽) 등 2024 강원 동계 청소년 올림픽 유치 대표단이 10일 스위스 로잔에서 열린 제135차 국제올림픽위원회(IOC) 총회에서 프레젠테이션을 하고 있다.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Yang-woo on Jan. 10 discusses Gangwon-do Province’s bid for the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games at the 135th session of the International Olympics Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

IOC President Thomas Bach said, “The Gangwon 2024 proposition enhances the legacy of PyeongChang 2018,” adding, “The interest shown by many regions around the world in hosting future Olympic and Youth Olympic Games demonstrates that our new approach, based on constant dialogue, flexibility, sustainability, legacy and creating a project together, is the right approach.”

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Yang-woo said, “The Korean government is committed to providing the necessary support to ensure that the Gangwon 2024 Youth Olympic Games are a great success.”

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