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Dutch skater, Delegation Apologize for Remark on Korea’s Treatment of Dogs

Dutch skater, Delegation Apologize for Remark on Korea’s Treatment of Dogs

GANGNEUNG, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The Dutch delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics apologized Thursday over speed skater Jan Blokhuijsen’s controversial remark, apparently targeted at dog meat consumption in South Korea. Leaving a press conference after the Netherlands captured bronze in the men’s team pursuit Wednesday, Blokhuijsen said, “Please treat dogs better in this [...]

Ivanka Trump to Lead U.S. Delegation to Closing of PyeongChang Olympics

Ivanka Trump to Lead U.S. Delegation to Closing of PyeongChang Olympics

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, will lead her country’s delegation to the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics Sunday, U.S. officials said. Ivanka Trump, who serves as an adviser to the president, will depart Thursday and arrive the following day in South Korea, where she is scheduled [...]

K-pop Forms Bonds Between International Visitors at Olympics

K-pop Forms Bonds Between International Visitors at Olympics

GANGNEUNG, Feb. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — An interesting phenomenon took place before the women’s 500-meter short track speed skating final Tuesday night at Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, just east of PyeongChang. The crowd in the arena, which was in a somewhat tense mood between matches, instantly began to stir when the video for Psy’s [...]

Seoul Approves Fund to Pay N. Korea’s Olympic Bills

Seoul Approves Fund to Pay N. Korea’s Olympic Bills

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea on Wednesday approved a plan to use a government fund to support North Korea’s participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, officials said. The South and North Exchange and Cooperation Promotion Council passed $2.64 million (2.86 billion won) in spending from the government budget for inter-Korean cooperation to [...]

Intangible Benefits of Medals at PyeongChang Olympics Worth Up to 263 Billion Won

Intangible Benefits of Medals at PyeongChang Olympics Worth Up to 263 Billion Won

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Medals won at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics by South Korean athletes could provide intangible benefits valued from 176 billion won to 263 billion won, according to a study by the Hyundai Research Institute. Assuming for the sake of simplicity that the intangible benefits of all three types of [...]

S. Koreans Watch More Speed Skating Than Anyone on YouTube

S. Koreans Watch More Speed Skating Than Anyone on YouTube

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Among the Winter Olympic categories watched on YouTube, no country watches speed skating competitions more than South Koreans, the streaming service has revealed. In fact, South Koreans watched 10 times more speed skating via YouTube than any other country, befitting a nation that is considered a speed skating powerhouse, [...]

Seoul to Crack Down on Rip-off Taxi Drivers During Winter Olympics

Seoul to Crack Down on Rip-off Taxi Drivers During Winter Olympics

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government will ramp up efforts to crack down on dishonest cab drivers during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Seoul government said on Thursday that a special task force consisting of dozens of members will be working to crack down on taxis and [...]

PyeongChang 2018 Certain to Be Largest Winter Olympics in History

PyeongChang 2018 Certain to Be Largest Winter Olympics in History

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games are certain to be the largest Winter Olympics in history in terms of participating nations and athletes, with the deadline to confirm entries fast approaching, organizing officials said Sunday. According to the organizing committee, nearly 3,000 athletes from 95 nations have registered to compete at the Feb. 9-25 Olympics. The deadline to finalize entries is 6 a.m. [...]