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SBD Global/June 20, 2017/Olympics

Korea Sport & Olympic Committee President Lee Kee-Heung To Run For IOC Seat

Korea Sport & Olympic Committee President Lee Kee-heung is running for a seat on the IOC, an official with the organization said on Monday, according to YONHAP. Lee submitted his candidacy documents to the IOC's Members Election Commission on Friday, according to the official with the KSOC. Strengthening sports diplomacy has been a "pressing issue" in South Korea, "especially as the country prepares to host the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next February with just one active IOC member on hand." Samsung Electronics Chair Lee Kun-hee has been an IOC member since '96. But he has been hospitalized since May '14 and "remains unable to function in any IOC capacity" (YONHAP, 6/19).
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