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President to Attend IOC Meeting to Boost Pyeongchang`s Olympic Bid

President to Attend IOC Meeting to Boost Pyeongchang`s Olympic Bid

Posted June. 25, 2007 05:28,   


President Roh Moo-hyun will leave Seoul on June 30 to attend the 119th International Olympic Committee meeting in Guatemala to drum up support for South Korean city Pyeongchang’s bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, Cheong Wa Dae said Sunday. The president will return home on July 7.

During the visit to Guatemala, Roh is expected to attend the IOC annual meeting and hold a summit with the Guatemalan President.

President Roh will deliver a speech in support of Pyeongchang at the general meeting of the IOC meeting on July 4. In this speech, he will declare the South Korean government’s determination to give its full support to the bid city. He will also actively contact IOC members. The IOC is to announce the successful host city for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games on the afternoon of July 4 (Morning of July 5 in Korea).

On the way to Guatemala, Roh will make a stopover on June 30 in Seattle to meet with Korean residents in Seattle. On his way home, he will also drop by Honolulu, Hawaii to hold a meeting with Korean residents and visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Meanwhile, President Roh has visited 52 foreign countries in 24 visits while in office, the largest number compared with previous presidents. With the scheduled visit to Guatemala, the total number of his visits will increase to 53 countries in 25 trips.

Among former presidents, President Kim Dae-jung had visited the largest number of foreign countries during his presidency, 37 countries in 23 trips. Former president Kim Young-sam visited 28 nations in 14 trips, followed by President Roh Tae-woo with 10 visits.