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Top official for 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics abruptly resigns

Top official for 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics abruptly resigns
Kim Jin-sun, president of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics, has resigned. (Bernat Armangue / AP)

The leader of the organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, unexpectedly resigned on Monday.

President Jin-sun Kim delivered his surprise announcement during an executive staff meeting at the committee's Seoul headquarters.

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"PyeongChang 2018 is at a turning point for the latter half of its Games preparation, which requires more detailed planning and execution," he was quoted as saying in a news release.

His departure comes at a time of some turmoil. The committee is reportedly being audited by government officials and recently had its secretary-general leave, too.

Pyeongchang was selected over Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France, as a host city. South Korea has never before held a Winter Olympics.

"At this critical juncture, I believe that PyeongChang 2018 needs new leadership and a stronger system that will effectively carry out various Games-related projects," Kim said. "And this is why I decided to resign."

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