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SBD Global/July 24, 2014/Olympics

South Korean Olympic Committee President To Act As PyeongChang 2018 Interim Chief

Two days after the sudden resignation of the 2018 PyeongChang Organizing Committee President Kim Jin-sun, officials said Wednesday that Korean Olympic Committee President Kim Jung-haeng "will serve as an interim head of South Korea's first Winter Games," according to YONHAP. Kim will oversee operations of the organizing committee of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang "until it finds a full-time replacement for the former president of the committee, Kim Jin-sun." The organizers also said that "they will operate an emergency task force and a 24-hour situation room to deal with the power vacuum." Two of the organizing committee's VPs, Kwak Young-jin and Kim Sang-pyo, "will act as co-heads of the task force" (YONHAP, 7/23). REUTERS' Patrick Johnston wrote an official at the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism denied that the Board of Audit and Inspection review "was the reason" behind Kim's resignation. Kim Jung-haeng, 70, "assumed power as the most senior of the six vice presidents remaining on the organizing committee for the country's first Winter Olympics." He "will be briefed on how preparations are going on Thursday" (REUTERS, 7/23).
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