A signature collection campaign was started last December to enable people to express their desire for the Winter Olympics to be held in Korea, along with a “survival competition” between university student clubs, in order to support the bid to host the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do, which is making its third bid.
The campaign targets 2,018 Koreans and the equivalent number of Asians, as Pyeongchang is seeking to host the Winter Olympic Games in 2018. People from diverse walks of life, including firefighters, policemen, lawyers, teachers, accountants, street cleaners and nurses, participated in the campaign. In addition, many Asians residing in areas with large numbers of foreign residents and Asian workers around the country, including Myeong-dong and Hyehwa-dong in Seoul and Ansan in Gyeonggi-do, took part in the campaign. The campaign also went abroad, including to Nakano, Japan, host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics, and Guangzhou, China, host of the Asian Games in November 2010, and collected signatures from residents in those cities.
This project is especially meaningful in that the campaign was supported with donations by goalie Kim Byung-ji, who raised “no-goal” savings; basketball player Chu Seung-gyun, who raised savings for three-point shots; volleyball player Moon Sung-min, who raised savings for individual serve aces; and soccer star Lee Dong-gook, who raised savings for individual goals.
As of now, all the targeted signatures have been collected. Now, the organizers of the event will compile the signatures into a petition and send them, enclosed with carefully handwritten letters by university students, to the IOC members, staff members, and chiefs of various sports organizations and sports stars in different countries.