Cho No. 7 on Olympic movers and shakers list

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Cho No. 7 on Olympic movers and shakers list

The head of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics bid committee has been named among 25 figures expected to wield the most influence on Olympic-related developments in 2011.

Around the Rings (, a U.S. Web site specializing in Olympics news, ranked Cho Yang-ho, chairman of the Pyeongchang bid, No. 7 on its annual list of the “Golden 25.” Cho tied with the bid leaders of the other two cities vying for the 2018 Games - Munich and Annecy, France.

Around the Rings has compiled the list since 1997, based on reader surveys and its own evaluation.

The Web site said Cho, who is also chairman of local conglomerate Hanjin Group, “exudes the confidence of the successful business leader that he is.”

“That kind of demeanor could be key for International Olympic Committee members weighing the ability of South Korea to host the country’s first-ever Winter Olympics,” the Web site added.

Pyeongchang is competing with Munich and Annecy for the right to host the 2018 Winter Games. The bid leader for Annecy is Jean-Claude Killy, while former Olympic figure skater Katarina Witt is heading the Munich campaign. Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, topped the list for the third time.

The IOC will dispatch a special delegation to conduct on-site inspections of all three candidate cities in February and March.

Pyeongchang is scheduled to receive IOC officials from Feb. 14-20. Annecy will have its inspection from Feb. 8-13 and Munich from Feb. 27-March 5.

Pyeongchang came up short in two previous bids against Vancouver, Canada, and Sochi, Russia, for 2010 and 2014, respectively. The election for the 2018 host city will be held at an IOC meeting in Durban, South Africa, on July 6.

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