Kim stepped down saying new leadership is needed. South Korean media reported he was fired by the government over poor preparations for the games, citing delays in construction of the speedskating venue and lack of progress in signing major sponsorship deals. Audit officials said the week-long inspection of the committee looked at financing and management, but would not say whether the probe specifically targeted reported construction delays and sponsorship problems. The results of the investigation, which began in late May and ended on July 11, were expected in three months, according to the audit agency. Officials in the eastern Gangwon province, which includes Pyeongchang, confirmed the construction of a speedskating venue has been delayed due to a debate over how to use it after the Olympics. They said construction of other sports venues began earlier this year as previously scheduled.
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