South Korean golfer Lee Bo-mee has been announced as the latest honorary ambassador of the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The 28-year-old, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour of Japan player of the year in 2015 and 2016, was officially unveiled at an event in Seoul today.
Lee, who has 20 wins on the tour and finished tied for 10th at the 2016 ANA Inspiration, one of women’s golf’s four majors, said she is looking forward to supporting Pyeongchang 2018.
She follows K-pop star Taeyang in signing on as an honorary ambassador for the event, which runs from February 9 to 25.
The Winter Paralympics are then due to take place from March 8 to 18.
“South Korea is where my sporting career began, so I am very excited to be supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang and to have the chance to witness other Korean athletes performing in front of home fans,” Lee, who broke the all-time record of earnings made by a male or female golfer in Japan in 2015 after winning seven titles that year, said.
“I have been fortunate enough to build an incredible career in Japan and I’m thrilled to be representing Pyeongchang 2018 not only in Korea but also throughout the world.
“I hope that fans from all sports will become excited about the Winter Games and get behind athletes to give them lots of support.”
Pyeongchang 2018 President Lee Hee-beom welcomed the golfer as an ambassador of the event.
“Lee Bo-mee knows what it is like to be a champion in her sport and she is someone we are all very proud of,” he said.
“We are very pleased that she is supporting Pyeongchang 2018.
“With her support, like all of our other ambassadors, many more Koreans and fans around the world will become excited about the Games and enjoy following and supporting some new sports and new athletes.”
By Liam Morgan
Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz.