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What did the Korean Military Do in Hosting International Sports Competitions? : Focusing on the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games

  • Korea and Global Affairs
  • Abbr : KGA
  • 2021, 5(6), pp.107-130
  • DOI : 10.22718/kga.2021.5.6.005
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Politics and Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : November 15, 2021
  • Accepted : December 4, 2021
  • Published : December 29, 2021

Choi Jung Joon 1

1국방부군사편찬연구소

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ABSTRACT

This study analyzed the role of the Korean military when holding the international sports competition, as a national policy. Traditionally, military forces have used to protect national security and properties, however, it showed that military forces can support various non military sectors. The Korean military supported lots of manpower, equipment, supplies and facilities for the successful hosting of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. it also contributed to improve some special branch of athlete’s performance by training and supporting them. The public-private, military combined cooperation system, organized for the successful hosting of the two competitions, later became a support model when Korea hosts international sports competitions beyond 1990. In addition to the basic mission of national defense, the military played a key role in emerging as Korea's sports diplomacy and sports powerhouse. As the military's role is expanding to non-military fields as well as traditional military roles, it need to maintain a balance to properly cope with military threat and non-military threat was raised.

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