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PyeongChang’s medical crew is entirely local

Sept 11,2017
Korea has been training more than 2,300 doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other medical staff on foreign languages, sports psychology counseling and even skiing as they get ready to provide expert care at next year’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics, organizers said Sunday.

PyeongChang, the northeastern mountainous resort town in Gangwon Province, will host the Winter Olympiad from Feb. 9-25 with more than 6,500 athletes and officials from 95 countries set to attend.

A dozen venues in Pyeongchang and its sub-host cities of Gangneung and Jeongseon will stage seven sports across 15 disciplines.

“We will begin a simulation training next month so we can better serve Olympians in an emergency,” said Lee Young-hee, general director of the Wonju Severance Christian Hospital.

Officials of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (Pocog) said doctors and other medical staff have been undertaking training in skiing and foreign languages for the past couple of years.

The medical staff will even provide psychological counseling in consideration of the psychological pressure players can experience as they try their best after preparing for the event for the past four years, the officials said.

“We’ve trained and educated the medical staff on a variety of fields, and I think they will serve a valuable asset for the Olympics to be held after PyeongChang,” Lee said, noting the PyeongChang organizers had respectfully turned down requests by international organizations to invite foreign medical experts on such winter sports as bob sleigh and other winter sports that South Korean medical staff have little firsthand experience in.

Yonhap