Monday, March 14, 2016
Sixth IOC's Coordination Commission Visit Starts in PyeongChang
Chaired by IOC Executive Board member Gunilla Lindberg, the Commission assessed progress at the Gangneung Sports Complex, the Kwandong Hockey Centre, the Gangneung Media Village and the Gangneung Olympic Village.
Commission members will receive progress reports on other aspects of Games preparations in a series of meetings with the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee, led by President Yang-ho Cho. Representatives from winter sports International Federations are participating in the three-day visit to provide additional sport-specific expertise.
The Commission’s focus areas will include services for athletes, National Olympic Committees, International Federations, the media, spectators and other Games participants, as well as topics related to the Paralympics, legacy planning and sustainability.
The latest Commission visit follows a series of successful skiing and snowboard test events in PyeongChang, and comes less than two years before the Opening Ceremony. The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will run from 9 to 25 February 2018.
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 bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track) located only a 30 minute car journey away.