The Organising Committees of Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022 have signed A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Beijing, China.
The hosts of the next two Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games have signed the agreement during a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in front of an audience that included the Presidents of China and South Korea, Xi Jinping and Moon Jae-in.
The MoU was signed by Lee Hee-beom, president of the Pyeongchang 2018 organising committee, and Cai Qi, his Beijing 2022 counterpart.
Moon is making his first official visit to China and the trip is being regarded as an opportunity to improve relations between the two countries.
Following Pyeongchang 2018, the Games in Beijing four years later will mark the first time that Asia will have hosted consecutive Winter Olympics.
The two organising committees will share expertise in areas such as human resources, sustainability and cultural exchange.
Beijing 2022 will also send officials to Pyeongchang 2018 to observe the event, while the Pyeongchang team will share its experiences of hosting the event during a debriefing session next June.
Lee Hee-Beom, President of Pyeongchang 2018 OC, said: “We expect this MoU to accelerate the improvement of bilateral relations between South Korea and China,”
“We also believe the agreement will have some positive impact on generating interest for the Pyeongchang Olympics, attracting Chinese tourists and boosting ticket sales.”
Before the signing ceremony, Lee and Beijing 2022 President Cai Qi held a meeting during which they exchanged views on the need for active mutual cooperation and agreed to support each other for the successful hosting of the competitions.
Meanwhile, The OC of Pyeongchang 2018 has also signed an agreement with the popular Chinese social media site Weibo to help promote its Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games across China.