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Vice Minister Jang Mi-ran

"The issue of utilizing the Olympic legacy is homework We will work harder."

After the Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games, will the stadium become a sad complex again? Jang Mi-ran said, “We will ensure that many people can discover and utilize the Olympic legacy.”

Vice Minister Jang Mi-ran giving an interview to reporters

Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Jang Mi-ran (center) with Jin Jong-oh (left) and organizing committee co-chairman Lee Sang-hwa after watching the short track race at the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games held at the Gangneung Ice Arena on the 21st. We are being interviewed together.

Gangneung Ice Arena and Gangneung Speed ​​Skating Stadium, where the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics (hereinafter referred to as Gangwon 2024) will be held, have not been able to function properly for the past six years.

Gangneung Ice Arena was used as a gym and swimming pool for local residents, and Gangneung Speed ​​Skating Stadium was used as a movie set and exhibition venue.

This is not just a problem with the two stadiums.Many heritage properties that were used as stadiums for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have been neglected, losing their original purpose due to management and business feasibility issues.

Pyeongchang's legacy has recently been revitalized.It is being used as the Gangwon 2024 Stadium.

The problem is after Gangwon 2024.There were no specific plans for the use of each stadium after the competition.

If no sharp measures are taken, Pyeongchang Legacy may return to being an abandoned facility.

Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Jang Mi-ran, a former athlete, expressed regret over the realistic problem and announced that she would make more efforts and pay more attention.

Vice Minister Jang Mi-ran watched the Gangwon 2024 short track race held at the Gangneung Ice Arena on the 21st with Jin Jong-oh and Organizing Committee Co-Chairman Lee Sang-hwa, then met with reporters and answered a related question, saying, "My personal feelings are no different from yours," and said that the Olympic legacy is the original. He expressed his hope that it would continue like this.

Vice Minister Jang said, “The issue of how to utilize and continue the Olympic legacy is a big task. It has been six months since I took office as Vice Minister, and everyone, including Minister (Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism) In-chon Yoo, is always thinking about how to preserve and utilize the Olympic legacy well.” “I’m doing it,” he said.

In addition, he said, “With Gangwon 2024 as an opportunity, we will work harder to ensure that many people can discover and utilize the Olympic legacy.”

Second Vice Minister Jang Mi-ran watching a short track race

Regarding his feelings after watching the promising players' performance that day, Vice Minister Jang said, "There was a disappointing result today (no medal), but it was probably an opportunity for our players to learn a lot," and "I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing."

Regarding the hardships faced by the field as the number of aspiring athletes decreases, he said, “There are loud voices of support for elite sports, but the reality is that the field is shrinking.” He added, “We are trying to create an environment where many people can experience a variety of sports activities, even if it is not necessarily elite sports.” “I will do it,” he said.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
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