SEOUL – Mongwon Chung was elected as the new President of the Korea Ice Hockey Association at the Annual Congress for a four-year term.
With Chung, Korean hockey has a new driving force for the Olympic dream as the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be held in PyeongChang in the Gangwon province.
At the Annual Congress held on 25th January in Seoul, Chung won the presidential election with five out of eight votes to succeed Gapchul Park, who had served as President for eight years starting in 2005.
“I will make every possible effort to improve our performance with the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games on the horizon,” Chung said following the election. “Making it to the Olympic stage is our first priority. I will do my best to build up hockey infrastructure and promote hockey in Korea.”
The 57-year-old graduated at the Korea University and earned an MBA at the University of Southern California. In his professional career he has worked in various positions within the Halla conglomerate and currently serves as Chairman of the Halla Group and its subsidiaries Halla Engineering & Construction, and Mando.
Chung has been deeply involved in Korean Hockey since 1994 as founder of the Mando Ice Hockey Team. His dedication and enthusiasm towards hockey has been such tremendous that he became owner of Anyang Halla, the most successful Korean club team of the new century that became the only team not from Japan to win the Asia League, in 2010 and 2011.
Chung had previously served as Vice President of the Korea Ice Hockey Association and was responsible for the national team in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program including serving as a Team Leader at the men’s national team that won the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group B in Poland.