The world’s four major sports competitions are the Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics, World Cup Soccer Tournament, and World Athletics Championships. At each tournament, billions of passionate sports fans cheer their country’s favorite players and teams all night long. With the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Korea became the fifth country to host all four major sports events in the world. It is a great achievement in 30 years. (The countries that hosted all four major sports competitions are Italy, Germany, Japan, France, and Russia, which will host the World Cup this summer, becoming the 6th country.)
Overseas evaluation of the Seoul Olympics is positive it was During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union boycotted the 1980 and 1984 Summer Olympics, respectively, but they all participated in the Seoul Olympics and the first Olympics in a developing country attracted more attention. The 2002 World Cup had a lot of talk even before it was held. There were many sports reporters asking why they gave the right to host the World Cup to Korea, where the soccer league was also relatively undeveloped. For the first time in history, it was reported that the host country would be eliminated from the group stage. But those worries soon disappeared. Many foreigners fell in love with Korea after seeing the street cheering and the miracle of the Korean soccer team advancing to the quarterfinals. At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, there were no prospects for medals in Korea, so there were many concerns that there would be only a lukewarm response like the F1 Auto Race held in Korea since 2010. However, this competition was successful thanks to world-famous star Usain Bolt and others.
Pyeongchang also talked a lot abroad before the event.
There was even an article saying that ticket sales would be disappointing, except for some events that Korean athletes are good at, such as short track. Also, the content on security issues related to North Korea occupied a lot of space, but then the content suddenly changed to the improvement of inter-Korean relations. Today is the 5th day of the competition. The opening ceremony received a lot of acclaim, and the good facilities of the stadium were also highly praised. Of course, as the saying goes, ‘No one can always satisfy anyone’, there are minor complaints here and there, but it has already achieved great success.
But I saw a minor complaint with another meaning.
At the Seoul Global Center where I work, a foreigner contacted me in a state of panic. I was trying to print my Olympic tickets to a printer, but I was told that nothing could be done. For those living in Korea, the solution was obvious. If you change the browser to Internet Explorer, the output is displayed immediately. The foreigner grumbled and printed out. On the other hand, he did little to help other foreign complainants. This person was trying to book a train ticket for sightseeing during the Lunar New Year. However, when the Korea Railroad Corporation’s English website sold tickets 8 hours later than the Korean website and accessed the website, all tickets were already sold out. Many foreign tourists who visited Korea during the Olympics are very dissatisfied with this fact.
Just like everyone else, I’m going to give up everything else for three weeks and just watch the Olympics. I don’t know how other countries do it, but Korea is much more frustrating and disappointing than the UK. The Olympics have a very tight schedule, so several events are held at the same time. Last weekend, when I turned on the TV and tried to watch the short track, the match had not yet started and the Korean players were showing their bodies warming up. I changed channels to watch different sports until the start, but all three terrestrial 스포츠중계 were showing only the same scene. I was annoyed. In the UK, we try a lot to show different sports on different channels. However, Korean terrestrial broadcasters repeatedly showed the scene of winning medals endlessly without showing another match after the match was over after a player won a medal.
The last thing I regretted was the sports broadcast commentary.
The commentators knew a lot about Korean players, but it felt like they didn’t study much about players from other countries. So, as a non-professional, it was difficult for me to understand the overall flow of each match. Korean terrestrial broadcasters take viewer ratings very seriously, so I don’t think it’s necessary to match my taste but a little sad Although there are such small complaints, I will continue to watch the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and I hope that the tournament can be successfully completed without any major problems and that Korea will be known as a good image to the world. Not only will they cheer for the Korean players, but the British players will cheer even harder if they glance from behind. Both sides are fighting.