By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

September 12 - Pyeongchang has strengthened its executive management committee to try to help its bid to win the 2018 Olympics and Paralympics by appointing two new vice-chairman, including Jung Byung-chul (pictured), the vice-chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries.

He is joined by diplomat Cho Kyu-hyung, the country's former Ambassador to Brazil and Mexico.

Both the newly-appointed vice-chairmen will work alongside Cho Yang-ho, the chairman and chief executive of Pyeongchang 2018, in the build-up to the International Olympic Committee Session in Durban on July 6, 2011, where they will face rivals Annecy and Munich.

The vast international international experience of Cho, 59, is seen as a major asset for Pyeongchang, officials in South Korea claimed.

Last month Pyeongchang appointed Yang Chun Park, South Korea's former Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, as secretary general for international relations.

Annecy also are pinning their hopes on a diplomat after Michèle Ramis was given a key role helping Edgar Grospiron, the bid's chief executive.

Like Cho, she has extensive experience in Central and South America having worked in Mexico and Colombia.

Pyeongchang are also pleased with the appointment of the 64-year-old Jung, the former chief executive of LG Electronics, the second largest manufacturer of television sets in the world, who has more than 40 years business experience.

With the inclusion of the two new officials, Pyeongchang 2018 now boasts 21 Board members.

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