SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A South Korean governor on Tuesday rejected an International Olympic Committee proposal to move the bobsled and luge events for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang to another country to save money.
Relocating the events to other destinations wouldn’t help save costs because Pyeongchang has already begun building its venue for sliding sports, Gangwon Province Governor Choi Moon-soon said in a televised news conference.
“Sharing the competition with another city is not an option we can consider. The South Korean people would never accept it,” Choi said.
Gangwon Province governs Pyeongchang, a ski resort town near South Korea’s eastern coast.
The IOC, which is trying to cut costs for hosts, had requested that South Korean organizers move the sports to another city to prevent leaving Pyeongchang with a venue that will have little use after the games.