Big Bang's Taeyang named honorary ambassador for PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Posted June 25, 2017

Today the world is celebrating International Olympic Day as the countdown continues until the start of the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Post reports that Jong-hwan will discuss his proposal with Jang Woong, North Korea's delegate to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and IOC President Thomas Bach some time this month.

In South Korea, however, NBC would not be inviting guests to the Games and would instead be hosting them in the USA ski town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Zenkel said.

The organizing committee of Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 has officially appointed BIGBANG's Taeyang as the ambassador for the upcoming worldwide sports event at a ceremony at Seoul Press Center.

Meanwhile, Yonhap News Agency quoted the minister as saying during the visit that North Korea's participation in the games would help make the 2018 Pyeongchang event a "Peace Olympics", a term used by Moon during his election campaign.

The United States will send around 245 athletes to compete.

Majority of Koreans are positive that the PyeongChang Olympics will be successful.

The US is activating a missile defence system in South Korea and tightened sanctions against the North in April.

A liberal candidate from the Democratic Party, Moon has pledged greater dialogue with North Korea in a bid to reduce tensions.

Taeyang, a member of the popular K-pop boy band BIGBANG, was appointed as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Wednesday.

Currently, North Korea have not qualified any athletes for the Games, with pairs figure skating representing their only hope.

Choi Moon-soon, governor of Gangwon province, which will host the Pyeongchang Winter Games, told CNN that while hosting events in North Korea would be impossible, he will be meeting with a North Korean official next week. In May, International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) President Rene Fasel said that the final decision could be made during the NHL Draft that would take place in Chicago on June 23-24.