By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

June 14 - Yangho Cho (pictured), the chairman and chief executive of Korean Air, has assumed sole leadership of Pyeongchang's campaign to host the 2018 Olympics and Paralympics after Jin Sun Kim, the original architect of the bid, had to step down as Governor.

Kim, who had been the joint chairman of the bid committee along with Cho,  was unable to stand in the Elections held in Gangwon Province earlier this month because he had already served three terms as Governor.

He was replaced by Lee Kwang-jae, a member of the Democratic Party who came from behind in the opinion polls to suprsingly win.

Cho, who was educated at the University of Southern California, will become the chairman and chief executive of Pyeongchang 2018 and lead a delegation to Lausanne next week where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are due to announce which cities have been short-listed for 2018.

Annecy and Munich are also bidding.

Kim was the inspiration behind Pyeongchang's two previous bids which on each occasion narrowly failed to win.

In 2003 they lost out for the 2010 Olympics to Vancouver and in 2007 to Sochi for 2014.

But a role is set to be found for Kim so he will remain involved in the bid.

A spokesman for Pyeongchang 2018 told insidethegames: "Jin Sun Kim will be stepping down from his position as co-chairman of the Bid Committee as he is retiring as Governor of Gangwon Province, the region where Pyeongchang is located, at the end of June 2010.

"He will continue to contribute to the Bid Committee’s efforts to help Pyeongchang win the right to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018"

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