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New head of South Korean 2018 Winter Games vows 'success' after delays

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New head of South Korean 2018 Olympics meets with IOC, expresses commitment to success of Games

With the organizers of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, hoping to recover from a turbulent summer, the group's new leader met with International Olympic Committee officials over the weekend.

Cho Yang-ho took control of the organizing committee last month amid construction delays and questions about a government audit.

The prominent businessman led South Korea's successful bid to host the 2018 Games.

"We had a very positive meeting with President Cho and welcome him back as the leader of the Pyeongchang 2018 Games," IOC official Gunilla Lindberg said in a statement. "We were able to see during our discussions that he realizes the scope of the task that lies ahead of him and that he is ready for the challenge."

The meeting took place Sunday in Nanjing, China, site of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. 

"We have a long road ahead," Cho said. "But I am committed to the success of the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang and will work closely with the IOC to ensure success."

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