Seoul mate for Games

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Organisers of next year’s inaugural New Zealand Winter Games have been given a boost from an Olympics guru.
The Korean government has offered the assistance of Sung Hoon Jung – a winter and summer Olympics expert – to help lift the event’s international profile.

Jung, 34, has an impressive portfolio – he’s been in charge of the Korean Olympic Com­­­­­mittee’s international campaigns for events such as the University Games and the Torino Winter Olympics, as well as being a top delegate for the Beijing Olympics.

He’ll be based in the Southern Lakes for six months to offer advice and support in the lead-up to the August event – to be held at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak and The Remarkables skifields, plus Snow Park, Snow Farm, Cardrona, Naseby and Dunedin.

Winter Games boss Arthur Klap says the “biggest hurdle” is to gain international recognition and credibility.
“Other countries need to believe it’s worth coming here and that it’s a great event…from our point of view, our link with Korea is important.”

Jung, fluent in English, “seems very experienced”, Klap says.

Klap’s already sold TV rights to major international broadcasters like Australia’s Fox Sport, ESPN Star, Canada’s CTV, the European Broadcast Union, and Sky TV in NZ.

The Winter Games – billed as the world’s largest winter sports event outside the Olympics – will host
more than 800 athletes competing in 20 different disciplines from August 22-30.