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PyeongChang's Dream Program Underway

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PyeongChang's Dream Program for young people from around the world began on Thursday and will end January 30.  Launched in 2004, the Dream Program is a result of PyeongChang's promise to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to continuously promote winter sports and so far has enabled 806 participants from 42 countries to fulfill their dreams of partaking in various disciplines, said a press release.

This year's event will be held in the Alpensia Resort, one of the main Olympic clusters in PyeongChang's 2018 Games bid and would be the location of the main Olympic Village and several competition venues, should PyeongChang host the 2018 Winter Games. There will also be competitions at the Gangneung Ice Rink.

One hundred and fourteen participants from 29 countries, including for the first time the UAE, Oman and Saint Lucia, will be offered the opportunity to experience a variety of snow and ice sports.

Jin-sun Kim, co-chairman of the bid committee said, "the Dream Program is an illustration of PyeongChang's commitment to foster the growth of winter sports internationally and in so doing, contribute to the goals of the Olympic Movement. Some of our participants have even gone on to compete at the Winter Olympic Games and therefore reinforce our belief that this is a valuable investment and an inspiring initiate for participants".

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