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PyeongChang 2018 pens legacy partnership

The organising committee for the 2018 winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang has signed a partnership with the South Korean Ministry of Education in an effort to boost legacy initiatives for the event.

Last week International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission chair Gunilla Lindberg said during an inspection visit to PyeongChang that there was an “absence of clear legacy plans” for the Games that would reflect “badly on the image” of the event.

To mark the new partnership, PyeongChang 2018 president Lee Hee-beom signed a memorandum of understanding with Lee Joon-sik, South Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, to encourage young students to “engage with the Olympic and Paralympic Games and values.”

Under the arrangement, educational institutions will use visual aids during classes to familiarise students to Olympic winter sports whilst also initiating other activities in relation to the Games.

"Our goal is to create an environment where students can experience the winter Olympic Games directly and indirectly,” Lee said. “We are confident of opening new horizons for young students and leaving a legacy by working closely with the Ministry of Education."