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The 2018 Winter Olympics


 The current International Olympics Committee president, Thomas Bach, is visiting Tokyo concerning the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. I believe, however, he should be more concerned about the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, which proving to have a series of increasingly insurmountable problems.      


 The 2018 Winter Olympics hosted by Peongchang, South Korea, is only 1 year and 4 months away. Nonetheless, this May, the chairman of the organizing committee, Cho Yong Ho, abruptly resigned. He is the head of the Hanjin Group, the 9th biggest conglomerate in South Korea. Its shipping division went bankrupt on August 31st.      


 Samsung Electrics suffered the total global failure of its Galaxy Note 7. Hyndai carmaker has suffered 24 labor strikes so far this year. These 2 companies account for about 20% of South Korea’s GDP. The Peongchang olympics have been having financial difficulties and have been unable to gather sufficient sponsors. The harsh economic downturn is worsening the situation.      


 The South Korean government announced that studium construction was about 65% complete. However, according to a South Korean reporter, hardly any citizens believe it. To make matters worse, the construct division of  Tonb Group, which was in charge of stadiums, went bankrupt on December 31st last year.      


 In terms of climate, the Peongchang Winter Olympics is impractical from the beginning. It does not snow much. And, the temperature is not so cold: the average temperature surpasses zero Celsius. Snow-machines typically work under -2 ℃. Even at midnight, the temperature goes below freezing for only several days a year. A snow shortage is inevitable.      


 The Seoul Olympics in 1988 was financially supported by Japan. However, Japan will host the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Japan has to devote itself to prepare for its own Olympic Games.      


 I hope that Thomas Bach has already prepared an alternative plan. The 2018 Winter Olympics cannot be hosted by Pyeongchang, South Korea.     



  • 2019.03.31 Sunday
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  • 16:45
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  • by スポンサードリンク


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