It has been found that the name of the competition has not yet been confirmed after only one month of hosting the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games, the festival of the world youth. An official from the Korea Sports Council said, "As a member of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korea Sports Association, and Gangwon-do, they left for Lausanne, Switzerland, where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) General Assembly is held. Said.

In this regard, a senior official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said, “We know that Gangwon-do, which is hosting the Youth Olympics, is still struggling with Pyeongchang or Gangneung for the official name of the tournament. You have to decide by work. "

There are four kinds of competitions that Gangwon-do can think of. The 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics is the first candidate. However, it is a stumbling block that the Province unit, which is not the city unit in the history of the Winter Olympics or the Summer Youth Olympic Games, is rarely used in the competition name. The second is '2024 Pyeongchang Winter Youth Olympics'. In this case a strong backlash is expected in Gangneung. The third is '2024 Gangneung Winter Youth Olympics'. In this case, the opposite of PyeongChang is almost like a fire.

The fourth name is '2024 Pyeongchang-Gangneung Winter Youth Olympics' or '2024 Gangneung-Pyeongchang Winter Youth Olympics'. The name of the 2026 Winter Olympics is Milano-Cortina. An ice skating event takes place in Milan and a snow event in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

But there is a problem. The Korean government and the Korea Sports Association plan to make the 2024 Winter Youth Olympics a joint event held by the two Koreas. Thomas Bach, chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), also made a statement on Friday through Kyobo News.

If North Korea participates, the name of the competition must be used together. This will give us a long name, for example, the 2024 Pyeongchang-Gangneung-00 Winter Youth Olympics. In the end, it is difficult to adopt a name that describes both Pyeongchang and Gangneung together. After North Korea's participation is confirmed, the names of one of the two regions, Pyeongchang and Gangneung, should be excluded. Considering this situation comprehensively, it is most reasonable to select Gangwon-do as the name of the competition by selecting one of the two areas, Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

Currently, Korea is overwhelmingly competitive among the countries that have promised to host the 2024 Winter Youth Olympics. The IOC members reviewed the plan for hosting the competition and decided to hold the place by vote on January 10 next year. Winners will open snow events in Pyeongchang and ice events in Gangneung as in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The following is a summary of people claiming the name '2024 Winter Youth Olympics'. "In both populations and recognition, Gangneung is superior to Pyeongchang. Furthermore, our athletes usually win medals on the ice. However, the 2018 Winter Olympics have been named Pyeongchang instead of Gangneung. In conclusion, it's time for Pyeongchang to yield. "

On the contrary, the words of those who claim the name '2024 Winter Youth Olympics' are as follows. "Pyeongchang" is already well known throughout the world for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Using the same name for the Youth Olympics is much more advantageous in many ways, including promotion of the tournament. I know that. "
I ran the Yeongdong Expressway in 2015 and saw a large publication promoting the 2018 Winter Olympics. In the publication, it was designated as 'Gyeongneung 2018 Ice Host City'. The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics emblem is listed below, but the word 'Pyeongchang' is not found anywhere in the edition. Even during the Winter Olympics, we can't help but reveal Gangneung's 'sorrow' that was missing from the title of the competition.

The name of the 2024 Winter Olympics is not something that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism nor the Korea Sports Council will do. This is because Gangwon-do, the host region, has the right to decide. It is noteworthy whether Gangwon-do will head to Lausanne, Switzerland, on January 7, holding the name '2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics', or choose between Pyeongchang and Gangneung. Any conclusions must be made no later than the 20th.

(Photo = Yonhap News)