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(Notice) Yonhap launches special reporting team for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

2017/08/10 09:04

Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's key newswire service, on Thursday launched a special reporting team of 150 writers and photographers devoted to extensive coverage of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

PyeongChang 2018, set to run from Feb. 9 to 25 next year, will be the first Winter Olympics to take place in South Korea, and also the first Olympic Games since Seoul hosted the Summer Games in 1988.

It will be the largest Winter Olympics with a record 102 gold medals at stake in seven sports across 15 disciplines. Some 6,500 athletes and officials from about 95 nations are expected to participate in the quadrennial event.

Host South Korea is eyeing a record medal haul, hoping to finish in the top five in the medal standings with at least eight gold medals and 20 medals overall.

With a special focus on South Korean athletes, Yonhap's reporting team will provide up-to-the-minute and in-depth Olympic coverage in seven languages -- Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish and Arabic.

As South Korea's key wire service founded in 1980 through the merger of Hapdong News Agency and the Orient Press, Yonhap employs about 570 journalists and photographers, along with 60 correspondents in major international cities, comprising the largest news-gathering network in the country. It has news content exchange agreements with 83 news agencies in 70 nations.