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IOC pays tribute to PyeongChang 2018 president Cho Yang-ho

Date : 09 Apr 2019

Seoul, Korea, April 9, 2019: The International Olympic Committee is mourning the passing of Cho Yang-ho, the Hanjin Group chairman who also served as head of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics organising committee.

Cho died of a chronic lung condition in Los Angeles on Sunday at age 70, reports Yonhap News.

In addition to running Hanjin Group, whose flagship affiliate was Korean Air, Cho helped bring the Winter Olympics to South Korea for the first time as head of PyeongChang's bidding committee. He later became president of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG).

"The IOC is very sad to hear the news that the former POCOG President Cho Yang-ho has passed away,” said IOC spokesman Mark Adams.

“The contribution made by Mr. Cho during his leadership of the organising committee greatly contributed to the success of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018."

Cho became the president of POCOG in July 2014, succeeding inaugural chief Kim Jin-sun, and was largely credited with bringing much-needed stability to the organising efforts following Kim's sudden resignation.

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