this Oct. 19, 2005 file photo, then South Korea's
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Lee
Hee-beom, answers a reporter's question during a
joint press conference at the 7th APEC Energy
Ministers' Meeting in Gyeongju, southeastern of
Seoul. Lee was nominated to take over the organizing
committee of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Tuesday,
May 3, 2016, just hours after Cho Yang-ho quit amid
escalating financial troubles at the business group
his family controls. Lee needs to be ratified by a
vote of senior committee officials to officially
become president of the organizing committee for the
SEOUL, South Korea —
South Korean organizers have officially selected former
government minister Lee Hee-beom as the new head of the
2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Lee was nominated
Wednesday, a day after the sudden resignation of Cho
Yang-ho as president of the local organizing committee.
The committee's 23-member
executive board voted unanimously, with one abstention, to
nominate Lee as the new leader. The appointment is
scheduled to be ratified by the committee's general
assembly on May 12 before going to the culture and sports
ministry for final approval.
Lee is a former minister of
industry and energy.
Cho quit Tuesday, saying he
needed to deal with the financial troubles at the business
group his family controls.