As it is known that the Korea Sports Council is promoting the hosting of the Asian Winter Games in Korea in 2025, attention is focusing on whether Gangwon-do will be able to see the international winter competition for the second year in a row.
However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently raised the possibility of reviewing plans to hold the Winter Olympics in rotation in several cities due to the lack of candidate cities to host the Winter Olympics. Concerns are being raised.
Recently, seven winter sports organizations, including the Ice Skating Federation and the Ski Association, announced that they had sent an official letter to the Korea Sports Council asking them to host the Asian Winter Games in 2025. The reason why the winter organizations have come together is that the Asian Winter Games cannot be held for 12 years. 토토사이트
In general, it is customary for the venue of an international multi-sport event to be confirmed seven years before the event. However, the host country could not be selected after the 8th Sapporo Asian Winter Games in 2017, the previous competition, as the host country did not appear. The 2021 competition was canceled due to the overlapping corona, and no country has applied for the 2025 competition so far.
The Asian Winter Games, which virtually ceased at the end of 2017, were held last year after Saudi Arabia submitted an official application for the 2029 Games, which was the first Middle East country.
However, since the Asian Winter Games will be held 12 years later, winter organizations are asserting that if the Games are not held by then, the disadvantages suffered by winter athletes compared to the summer events will be too great and equity such as pensions and military service benefits will inevitably fall. . It is known that the Korea Sports Council decided to promote the holding, and to reduce the most important cost, drastically reduce the opening and closing ceremonies and review the plan to focus on competitions. In addition, he announced that he plans to start detailed discussions with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as well as with relevant local governments such as Seoul and Jeonbuk, as well as provinces.
While the 2024 Gangwon Youth Winter Olympics will be held on January 19 next year, if the 2025 Asian Winter Games are held in the province, international winter sports will be held for the second year in a row. As a result, it is expected to further solidify Do’s image as a world-class winter sports mecca. A provincial official said, “There has been no official letter from the Korea Sports Council yet. If there is a request for cooperation in the future, we will review it.”
Meanwhile, the 4th Asian Winter Games held in 1999 were held in the province. If the 2025 tournament is also held in the province, it will be the first time in 26 years.