Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2015, Volume: 8, Issue: 27, Pages: 1-6
Mi-Suk Kim1 and Ill-Gwang Kim2 *
1 Department of Sport Policy, Korea Institute of Sport Science, Seoul, City-139-800, South Korea; [email protected]
2 Department of Leisure Sport, Seowon University, Cheongju city, Chung-Buk-362-742, South Korea; [email protected]
In Durban July 2011 Pyeongchang in Gangwon-do Province was chosen to be a host of the 23rd Winter Olympic Games. Thus, Korea has become one of countries that have held the four biggest sports events including Summer Olympic Games, the World Cup and World Championships in Athletics in the world for the last thirty years. Above all, the hosting 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has provided very important opportunities to enforce the national competitiveness internationally and revitalize domestic winter sports nationally. The third challenge succeeded thanks to the diverse endeavors so far to host the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, facilities and infrastructure have been built up, human power and organization have been developed and strengthened, supportive policies of the Government and related institutions have been established, winter-related sports industries have been promoted, and other various contents have been developed. Accordingly, Korea placed the fifth overall in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, and sports stars appeared such as Kim Yuna, Mo Tae-Bum, Lee Sang-Hwa, Yi Seung-Hun and etc. The young people from snowless countries have been invited to Korea through the Dream Program. The number of young players of figure skating has been increased a lot. This way, environments related to winter sports have been transformed in various ways. Particularly, ‘Drive the Dream II’ was announced as a vital measure of the Government to host the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics successfully, so that the foundation on which Korea becomes a developed country of sports has been established. Thus, this study purposes to contribute to the successful hosting of the 23rd Winter Olympic Games which is going to be held three years later by considering the current situation of winter sports of Korea.
Keywords: Domestic Winter Sports, 2018 Pyenogchang Winter Olympics, Supportive Policy
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