Pyeongchang: South Korea’s conglomerate Samsung Group has signed a 100 billion ($92.22 million) local sponsorship contract to support the 2018 Winter Games, Pyeongchang organisers (POCOG) announced on Monday.
Sponsors had initially been slow to come forward for Pyeongchang, prompting the Korean government to urge business leaders to support the Games, but POCOG said that with Samsung’s involvement they had achieved more than 40 percent of their target.
Samsung, who extended its top sponsorship contract as a worldwide International Olympic Committee partner last year, will provide assistance across a variety of business areas in the run-up to Asia’s first Winter Olympics outside Japan.
Samsung first signed up as a top sponsor with the IOC in the year 1998 and was also a local sponsor at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
POCOG President Cho Yang-ho suggested that bringing Samsung on board would make other companies follow suit.
“We are happy to have Samsung support in addition to the TOP partner agreement with POCOG,” he said in a statement. “We are confident that this sponsorship agreement will encourage other Korean companies to join as sponsors for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
Samsung’s involvement brings to six the number of local sponsorship agreements inked by POCOG with the Games less than three years away.