Korea to host sliding competitions under agreement with int’l federation

This photo shows officials representing signatories to a memorandum of understanding on the use of the Alpensia Sliding Center in PyeongChang, Gangwon, as the venue for international races and PyeongChang as the home of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation's (IBSF) Asia office. From left, Ryu Seung-min, director of the PyeongChang 2018 legacy foundation, Sim Jae-kuk, head of PyeongChang County, Kim Jin-tae, governor of Gangwon Province, Ivo Ferriani, head of the IBSF, and Chyun Chan-min, head of the Korea Bobsleigh Skeleton Federation, Jan. 24. Courtesy of Gangwon Province

Korea’s Olympic sliding track will host international competitions as part of the country’s new agreement with the global sliding sports federation, officials said Wednesday.Gangwon Province and its PyeongChang County, the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF), the Korea Bobsleigh Skeleton Federation and PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation were signatories of the memorandum of understanding on the use of the Alpensia Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, some 130 kilometers east of Seoul. The track hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics and served as the sliding sports venue for the 2024 Winter Youth Olympics.

Under the agreement, the IBSF will open an IBSF Academy and its Asia office in PyeongChang, and will host IBSF World Cup and Asian Cup races there, too.According to the signatories, PyeongChang and Yanqing, a district in Beijing, will stage four Asian Cup races each annually over the next five years.PyeongChang officials said they hope to hold one World Cup race per season, hosting over 100 athletes from 10 countries.Separately, the IBSF Academy and its Asia regional office will organize a development workshop for referees and coaches each year, with over 150 people from 20 nations expected to participate.Gangwon provincial officials said the agreement will make sustainable use of the sliding venue while also helping the local 슬롯사이트 economy.The track had mostly been idle since hosting the 2018 Olympics.

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