Seoul 1988 legacy commemorated

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Celebrations were held across South Korea on 17 September 2010 to mark the 22nd anniversary of the opening of the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988.

The anniversary celebrations included a special event in Seoul at the Seoul Olympic Parktel, hosted by the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) and the Korea Sports Promotion Foundation (KSPO). The 1988 Seoul Games were held from 17 September to 2 October, with 8, 391 athletes from 159 countries competing in 237 events. Over 300 people, including representatives from Korea's various sports federations, Olympic medallists and 1988 Seoul Olympic Games volunteers attended the event to celebrate the 24th Games and also show support for PyeongChang's bid for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. To support the event, a photo exhibition promoting PyeongChang and its bid to host the 2018 Winter Games will be open until the end of October 2010 at the Seoul Olympic Museum; which was established two years after the 1988 Games and is situated next to the Seoul Olympic Parktel building. The exhibit showcases beautiful images of PyeongChang's landscape, captures some of the best Korean winter sports moments, and highlights PyeongChang 2018's preparations, including the premiere of the bid's new promotional video. Kang–du Lee, president of KSPO, said: "The successful hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 1988 brought immense pride to the people of Korea. In 1988, we were honored to welcome the world to our country and show that we are capable of providing a world class sporting experience for athletes and fans. It would give our nation and the whole Asian continent great pleasure to welcome the world again to PyeongChang in 2018. "Yang Ho Cho, chairman and CEO of the PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee, said: "2018 will mark the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Seoul Games, and this inspires us to keep our promises to the IOC, deliver on our commitments, and make every effort to win the right to host the Winter Games in 2018. Following a successful Games in 1988, we want to demonstrate that an Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang will help to grow winter sports across Asia and encourage a new, young generation of winter sport athletes. "

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