OLYMPIA, Greece, Oct. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Football star Park Ji-sung became the first South Korean torchbearer for the PyeongChang Winter Games after receiving the flame from Greek cross-country skier Apostolos Angelis at the Pierre de Coubertin Monument on Tuesday.
Park, who starred as a midfielder for Manchester United, said on Tuesday he feels honored to run as the first South Korean torchbearer for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held next year in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.
“I’m deeply honored to be the first South Korean torchbearer. As someone who loves sports and an athlete who grew up watching the Olympic Games, this is a great honor,” Park said while speaking to the press.
Park is himself an Olympian, having played at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games, and is also an honorary ambassador for next year’s Winter Olympics.
While Park says he will be staying in Europe, he believes he will contribute to the promotion of the PyeongChang Games through interviews with local media in Greece, for instance.
Park was greeted by South Korean residents of Greece and government officials who came to see the Olympic flame-lighting ceremony at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, and was seen taking pictures with them.
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