Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Third IOC's Coordination Commission Visit Starts in PyeongChang

The IOC’s Coordination Commission for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, led by its Chair, Gunilla Lindberg, will be visiting the 2018 Games host city of PyeongChang for the third time this week (29 April – 1 May). The Commission will be joined on this visit by the presidents and general secretaries of the winter International Federations, as the spotlight moves to the Republic of Korea following the successful conclusion of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia.
During the visit, the Commission members will look at a number of different areas of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG)’s work, including services to the athletes, National Olympic Committees, International Federations and media; sport; venues and infrastructure; transport; marketing; legacy; education; technology; culture; and the Paralympic Games. The Commission will also visit a number of the venues in the mountain cluster and the coastal cluster, including the sliding centre; the Olympic Villages; the international broadcast centre and main media centre; ice hockey 1; the curling centre; the speed skating venue; and the figure skating and short track venue.
PyeongChang was elected as the host city for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa on 6 July 2011. PyeongChang won the vote against the cities of Annecy (France) and Munich (Germany). PyeongChang defeated Munich and Annecy in the first round of voting, by 63 votes to 25 and 7 respectively.
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will play host to the seven Olympic winter sports currently on the Olympic programme.
The PyeongChang 2018 Games, which will take place from 9-25 February 2018, will be the third to be staged in Asia, and the first ever in the Republic of Korea, following Nagano (JPN) in 1998 and Sapporo (JPN) in 1972.
The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee’s (POCOG’s) ‘New Horizons’ vision aims to expand winter sports in Asia and transform the local Gangwon province into a new winter sports and tourism destination.
From a logistical point of view, the concept for the 2018 Winter Games is one of the most compact ever seen.The vision for PyeongChang is based on a compact geographical area, split between a coastal and a mountain cluster.
The coastal cluster, centred around the town of Gangneung on the Republic of Korea’s eastern seaboard, will provide the setting for the events on ice (speed skating, figure skating, short track, ice hockey and curling), with the main Olympic Village complex and mountain cluster (comprising the skiing and snowboarding courses and the bobsleighluge and skeleton track) located only a 30 minute car journey away.

The mountain cluster will comprise eight facilities – six of which are already established - including the ski resort of Yongpyong. Nearby, the Bokwang Phoenix Park, already a favourite location for Korean freestyle aficionados, will provide the ideal stage for the snowboard and ski freestyle events.
State-of-the-art facilities designed especially for the 2018 Winter Games will further enhance existing infrastructure, to ensure that the world’s best winter athletes are provided with every possible opportunity to deliver their optimum performances.
Blessed with a prime geographical position within Asia, and benefitting from a youthful population and a vibrant and rapidly growing economy, PyeongChang looks set to bring the Winter Games to a whole new audience and a whole new generation of aspiring Winter athletes in 2018.

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