IOC gives PyeongChang 2018 preparations clean bill of health

IOC gives PyeongChang 2018 preparations clean bill of health

With PyeongChang 2018 now less than a year away, the International Olympic Committee’s coordination commission has wrapped-up its eighth visit to the Korean host city confident athletes and fans will have a unique Olympic Winter Games experience.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, commission chair Gunilla Lindberg said: “For fans coming from near and far to witness history, great sport will mix with culture, Korean hospitality and a party atmosphere, as people from around the world gather in celebration at the Olympic Plaza’s medal ceremonies in PyeongChang and the Olympic Park in Gangneung.

“The proximity of the mountain and coastal clusters will even allow fans to see a snow and an ice sport on the same day.

“This special combination of factors means that both the athletes and the fans will have a unique experience at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.”

She continued: “PyeongChang 2018 will deliver top-quality venues and fields of play on both snow and ice for the best Olympic winter athletes next year.

“We can say this with certainty, as we have witnessed good progress in venue construction and received great feedback from the athletes at the 17 test events completed so far this winter.

“This, combined with two first-class Olympic Villages, will make these Games truly memorable for the Olympians and Paralympians of 2018.

“We congratulate President Lee and his team at POCOG for all their efforts.”

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Ticket sales are now underway in the Republic of Korea and in many territories around the world, making this the best opportunity for fans to get the tickets that they want.

The closeness of the different venues, as well as the Plaza and Park concepts, mean that PyeongChang will offer great opportunities for sport fans and those just discovering winter sports.

To make sure that as many people as possible can discover PyeongChang and that the athletes can compete in front of packed stadiums, the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee will be enhancing its promotional efforts, and especially those informing potential spectators about the different ways to enjoy and participate in the Games.

POCOG president Hee-beom Lee commented: “With less than one year to go, POCOG and its partners are committed to creating excitement for the Games and engaging the public.

“This is a very exciting time for us, and we look forward to welcoming the world to discover New Horizons in PyeongChang.”

Part of this on-going promotional effort will also include the Olympic Torch Relay.

The Olympic torch and the torchbearers’ uniforms were launched at one year to go, with the torchbearer selection process expected to be launched in the coming months.

When the Relay gets under way towards the end of 2017, this will undoubtedly bring excitement to the whole country.

The coordination commission also praised the support of the local authorities.

Chair Lindberg commented: “IOC President Bach and I had the opportunity to meet the acting president of the Republic of Korea Kyo-ahn Hwang and the chair of the national assembly Sye-kyun Chung yesterday, and both underlined their support for the games.”