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Countdown to PyeongChang 2018 – 100 days until the Olympic Winter Games

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23:  A Dancer performs during the Pyeongchang 2018 presentation as part of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

A HUGE concert will be held in Seoul to celebrate the 100-day countdown to the biggest Olympic Winter Games in history.

K-pop stars including EXO and Twice will perform at the event in Gwanghwamun Square, with a simultaneous celebration in Incheon. Other events will be held around the world, including one in New York’s Times Square.

The Olympic torch will arrive in Seoul from Olympia, where it was lit on Tuesday 24 October 2017,  as it embarks on a 1200-mile trip around the Republic of Korea on its way to the opening ceremony in PyeongChang on 9 February 2018.

There will be 7,500 torchbearers to transport it by plane, ship, train, boat, zip wire, cable car, bike and robot over the course of three months.

Lee Hee-beom, President of the PyeongChang Organising Committee, said: “Our dream of hosting the Olympic Winter Games has become a reality. We want the international community to understand that we are committed to hosting a safe and secure Olympic Winter Games.”

All the venues and infrastructure for the Games have now been completed, including highways and a high-speed rail line from PyeongChang to Incheon.

This is the first Olympic Winter Games in Asia to be held outside Japan – and the first of three Games on the world’s biggest continent, with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games and the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games to follow.

The Olympic flame was lit in Olympia on 24 October by actress Katerina Lehou and passed on to runners including former Manchester United and South Korea footballer Park Ji-Sung.


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