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Former Samsung Chair Granted Pardon
To Assist With '18 Winter Olympics Bid
OLYMPIC MOVEMENT: Korean Olympic Committee Chair Park Yong-sung Tuesday said Lee "may resume his IOC activities in time for an IOC general meeting" scheduled for February 8 in Vancouver, four days before the start of the Vancouver Olympics. That meeting will be the "last general meeting before the IOC chooses the host city" for the '18 Games at a vote in '11 (KOREA HERALD, 12/30). Without a pardon from the government, "Lee might have faced expulsion from the IOC" (AROUNDTHERINGS.com, 12/29). BUSINESS WEEK's Moon Ihlwan wrote the "former chairman of the country's largest company and the son of its founder is the best person to promote Korea's bid" for the '18 Olympics. Lee is the "only non-athlete member" representing South Korea on the IOC, and the country's government admitted that the pardon was "aimed at furthering Korea's national interest." However, the move "drew criticism from civic groups" (BUSINESSWEEK.com, 12/29).