Taeyang, a member of K-pop boy band Big Bang, has been appointed honorary ambassador of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games.
President Lee Hee-beom of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Games named Taeyang as ambassador in a ceremony held June 21 at the Korea Press Center in Seoul.
“I am honored to have been chosen as an ambassador for the PyeongChang 2018 Games,” said Taeyang. “To be able to help promote the games across Korea and to all my fans around the world makes me very proud and I am looking forward to being part of this huge celebration of sports and culture in my country.”
Lee said, “K-Pop has a huge following in Korea and around the world so we are very happy to have Taeyang as an ambassador for the Games.”
“He will help us reach out to a younger audience that we want to engage and excite around winter sports,” he added.
As honorary ambassador, Taeyang will make a song for the Olympic Games and will promote the sports event in and outside Korea.
He is the latest addition to the Winter Games’ list of ambassadors which includes actors Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo Bin, and Olympic champion Kim Yuna.
The PyeongChang Winter Games will be held from Feb. 9 to 25, 2018, while the Paralympic Games will be on March 9-18, 2018.
Taeyang debuted as member of Big Bang in 2006. He released his first solo album “Hot” in 2008, becoming the first member of the group to go solo.
At the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards, he won the Best Male Artist, Best Vocal Performance and Best Song of the Year.
He is scheduled to release a solo single and will hold his first solo concert tour “Sol Japan Stadium Live 2017” on July 8 and 9 at the Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba and August 5 and 6 at the Kobe Sports Park Baseball Stadium.
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