POSTED: October 30th 2010

PyeongChang 2018: Technical Committee preparing for key IOC evaluation visit

The Alpensia Resort area will be the focal point of the bid / PyeongChang 2018
The Alpensia Resort area will be the focal point of the bid / PyeongChang 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/PYEONGCHANG, Oct 30:  Following the presentations at the ANOC General Assembly in Acapulco the PyeongChang 2018 technical committee is gearing up for the important IOC evaluation visit in February 2011. The technical committee gathered to review the progress of the Korean bid’s technical Games layout.

The technical committee is composed of 26 experts recommended by Korea’s seven winter sports federations, providing technical expertise specializing in the areas of sports competition, environment, engineering, and transport. The committee also studied the competition venues, transport systems, Olympic and Media Villages, and environmental policies. They also examined finalized floor plans, detailed technical drawings and the draft Bid Book which is a work in progress.

Yang Ho Cho, ceo of the bid commented, “The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid is grateful for the Technical Committee’s expert advice and recommendations.

“We will listen carefully to their opinions and prepare thoroughly to showcase the best of PyeongChang to the IOC Evaluation Committee next February, including our excellent venues and the new railway.” 

One of the highlights of the committee meeting was the high speed train that will allow for easy and fast access between Seoul and Gangneung city. This is being guaranteed by the Korean government and will connect Seoul and PyeongChang with just a 50 minute train ride. This can make commutes from Seoul quite easy should people decide to stay in the city.

The area has now completed the biathlon, cross country and ski jumping venues which are already in use and are all up to international sports federation standards for high level events.

The new ice rinks will allow for a portion of the spectator area to be taken out allowing for more multi purpose use following the Games.

PyeongChang is in the bid race for the 2018 winter Games against Munich and Annecy. The final decision will be voted in July 2011 at the IOC session in Durban, South Africa.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Olympic bidding · Yang Ho Cho · IOC

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