From PyeongChang 2018
PYEONGCHANG, June 20, 2011 - The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee
has received new messages of support from Korea’s religious community.
Korean Buddhist Jokye Order held a grand Buddhist service at the
Taeneung National Training Center which was attended by 1,500 Buddhist
civilians and athletes. Also present at the service was monk Ja-seung,
Executive Chief of the Jokye Order, and a high level government
delegation including Byoung-gug Choung, Minister of Culture, Sports and
Tourism and Gangwon Province governor Moonsoon Choi. The service was
dedicated to supporting the PyeongChang 2018 bid as the campaign enters
the final stage leading up to the IOC Session in Durban in July.
addition to the Jokye Order service, Woljeong-sa, a thousand-year old
Buddhist temple situated in PyeongChang, has started four daily prayer
sessions to give local people the opportunity to offer their best wishes
to the bid.
Gangwon Christian Association also hosted a torch prayer service to
show support for PyeongChang 2018. Christians from 2,000 churches within
Gangwon Province gathered in Chuncheon for the service. Prior to this
special service taking place, the Association has been hosting
early-morning prayer sessions every day since 28 May for people to
express their well wishes for the bid.
Yang Ho Cho, PyeongChang 2018 Chairman and CEO,
said: “We are very grateful for the amazing support that people all
over Korea, and from every community, have offered this bid. A Winter
Games in PyeongChang will be for everyone and it would be an honour for
us to welcome the world to South Korea in 2018.”