The 2018 Winter Olympic will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This will be the second time South Korea is hosting the Olympics Games, the first one was in 1988 for the Summer Games in Seoul.
Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia. "With Pyongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022, winter sports will move from the Western part to Asia," Lee says, reported by www.pilotonline.com.
The organization is working non-stop over the 12 competition venues in Pyeongchang and Gangneung. There will also be six new venues that are almost completed too.
Meanwhile the eighth Asian Winter Games will officially open Sunday in Sapporo and run through Feb. 26, with more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events, as you can see on www.japantimes.co.jp .
“China is expecting to introduce 300 million people to winter sports during this period, so the next few years are pivotal in establishing a vast, new winter sports scene outside of the traditional markets of North America and Europe,” Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said at Japantimes too .