POSTED: January 10th 2011
Appointments

IOC gets the 2018 message as PyeongChang is first off mark with bid file

(L to R) Min-kyung Choi, Yang Ho Cho consigns the bid to Jacqueline Barrett, Kwang-bae Kang / PyeongChang 2018
(L to R) Min-kyung Choi, Yang Ho Cho consigns the bid to Jacqueline Barrett, Kwang-bae Kang / PyeongChang 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE/TAMPA, Jan 10: The PyeongChang 2018 bid candidature file was officially consigned today at the IOC headquarters by a special delegation to Jacqueline Barrett head of bid city relations.

The 'tedam' comprised bid chair Yang Ho Cho, sports director Kwang-bae Kang, and short track speed skating ambassador Min-kyung Choi.

This is the third time a bid file on PyeongChang for the winter Games has been officially consigned to the IOC and brings together the experience and strategic planning of the past two bids in a finely-tuned new proposal.

Chairman Cho said: “It is a great honour for PyeongChang 2018 to be here in Lausanne to deliver our Candidate File to the IOC and present our unique vision for the 2018 Winter Games. We are delighted to highlight to the Olympic Family the benefits of new growth and new potential that a Winter Games in PyeongChang will bring – a world of ‘New Horizons’."

Last week the bid file was approved in Seoul by the major bid committee stakeholders and representatives from all levels of government. The file features 17 themes and guarantees to host the 2018 Winter Games.

Special envoy

Gangwon Governor Kwang-Jae Lee and Ambassador Jin-sun Kim, special envoy from Korean President Myung-bak Lee and leader of the 2010 and 2014 bids, both firmly support the new bid plan.

“We believe we have developed a strong technical file and a compelling Winter Games Plan that will create an ideal setting for the athletes, fans and the Olympic Family,” said Cho.

“Our athlete-friendly Games Plan includes the most compact and efficient venue layout, a revolutionary multi-transport network linking the venue clusters, and a legacy strategy that will create the most modern and sustainable winter sports hub in Asia to serve athletes for generations to come.

“PyeongChang 2018’s bid also offers the Olympic Movement something very special – we can spread important Olympic values to a new part of the world, help a young and dynamic population in the continent connect with the spirit of Olympism, and inspire a new generation of winter sports athletes.

"Korea's new economic, cultural and sporting dynamism provides the ideal platform to help us achieve this ambition.”

The latest Korean bid aims to display the city’s new unique vision for the Games and illustrate how world sport would benefit from bringing the winter Games to South Korea and back to Asia for the first time in two decades.

Next step will see the IOC prepare a detailed evaluation of the bids and the evaluation commission tour that will start in February with Annecy, PyeongChang and then Munich in the beginning of March.


Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · IOC · Jacqueline Barrett · Yang Ho Cho · Kwang-bae Kang · Min-kyung Choi


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