By Jung Min-ho
Halla Group Chairman Chung Mong-won was elected as the 22nd president of the Korea Ice Hockey Association after receiving five votes from eight delegates, Friday.
Following the decision, the 57-year-old said he will serve the four-year term with a "do-or-die attitude" in comments that appeared to aim at the team's ticket to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Currently Korea is ranked 28th in the world and needs to climb to 18th to secure an automatic berth as the host country.
"I feel a heavy responsibility for the major task that I'm facing," Chung said. "Although enhancing the athletes' performance should be a priority, making diplomatic efforts is also important. (for the sport's further development)"
Chung is well-known as an ardent advocate of ice hockey. He founded the Mando Winia Ice Hockey Team, then the Anyang Halla Ice Hockey Club, in 1994 when the sport had little recognition here and led it for 18 years until November last year.
"Focusing on my managerial job at the Halla Group wasn't the only reason to leave the team. I thought the club needed a change at that point," Chung said. "This election gave me another way to do something for ice hockey."
Prior to the election, he pledged to bring transparency and expertise to the sport.
"Taking advantage of managing the company, I will try my best to make Korean ice hockey a force to be reckoned with."