Hyun Bin Picked to Promote Incheon Asian Games

Hyun Bin (left) poses with organizing committee chairman Kim Young-soo after being appointed promotional ambassador for the Incheon Asian Games in Seoul on Thursday. Hyun Bin (left) poses with organizing committee chairman Kim Young-soo after being appointed promotional ambassador for the Incheon Asian Games in Seoul on Thursday.

Actor Hyun Bin has been named an official promotional ambassador for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, which will kick off on Sept. 19.

The actor attended an appointment ceremony held by the Games' organizing committee in Seoul on Thursday.

"I started my military duty on Baeknyeong Island off Incheon, the northernmost post on the West Sea front, when I served in the Marines in 2011. Building on my special relationship with Incheon, I had hoped to do something for this event and it is a great honor to be a promotional ambassador," said Hyun Bin. "I will do my best to promote the Asian Games and Incheon inside and outside of Korea."

Kim Young-soo, chairman of the organizing committee, said, "Hyun Bin told me that he even saw spotted seals -- a natural monument and mascot of the Incheon Asian Games -- when he served as a marine on Baeknyeong Island. I think that he has an affinity for the event in many ways."

Hyun's exemplary image and great popularity across Asia will help to bring people's attention to the Asian Games, he added.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 04, 2014 10:46 KST