PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will kick off in less than three weeks
PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will kick off in less than three weeks. According to the decision of the National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan, short-track speed skater Abzal Azhgaliyev was assigned as the national standard bearer and captain of the Kazakh Olympic team.
The Kazakh team will wear a uniform made by Japanese company Mizuno at the Winter Olympics. The athletes will feel comfortable in tracksuits and the warm clothes designed for the parade. While creating the kits, designers took into account not only the peculiarities of the national culture, but also the specific climate in South Korea.
ZHIGER ABZERGENOV, OFFICIAL SPOKESPERSON, NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF KAZAKHSTAN:
The National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Culture and Sport decided to give preference to the Japanese company, Mizuno. There were many proposals from many world brands and the Kazakh companies also presented their sketches. The Japanese company met all the requirements and was selected. The company is well aware of the climatic conditions in South Korea.
KIM DESIK, SOUTH KOREAN AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:
These are mascots of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This Soohorang is a white tiger which is considered as the guardian of Korea. It symbolizes dynamism, ambition to succeed and win. This Bandabi is an Asian black bear. As you can see, it has a sign of a crescent moon in the form of a smile on its chest. Bandabi is a friendly mascot of the 2018 Paralympic Games.
Mascots of the Winter Olympic Games as well as souvenirs, printed products and other exhibits can be found at the exhibition dedicated to the 2018 Olympics in the Korean cultural center in Astana.
GULNAR AUBEKEROVA, MANAGER, KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER
Our exposition presents several exhibits and souvenirs dedicated to the Olympics and Paraolympic Games, including badges, soft toys, eco-bags and various printed products as well as information about the upcoming games. We also show films about Olympic Games and mascots.
The upcoming Winter Olympic Games will be held in the city of PyeongChang between February 9th and February 25th. More than 5,000 athletes from 80 countries will participate in the competitions. There will be 102 sets of medals in 15 different sports.