POSTED: February 14th 2011
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IOC commission flies in for PyeongChang leg of 2018 Games check

Evaluation commission chair Gunilla Lindberg is welcomed by PyeongChang 2018 chairman and ceo Yang Ho Cho / PyeongChang2018
Evaluation commission chair Gunilla Lindberg is welcomed by PyeongChang 2018 chairman and ceo Yang Ho Cho / PyeongChang2018

KEIR RADNEDGE & LAURA WALDEN in Seoul / Sports Features Communications

PYEONGCHANG, Feb 14: Goodbye Annecy, good morning PyeongChang. That was the goodbye and hello from the International Olympic Committee evaluation commission as it felow to South Korea on the second leg of its inspection tour for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The commission was met at Seoul's Incheon International airport by senior members of the PyeongChang bid team, including chairman and ceo Yang Ho Cho. They travelled to PyeongChang and a further greeting, this time from hundreds of local supporters.

The commission's four-day tour includes a visit to the new $1.4bn Alpensia resort which is not only the centrepiece of the PyeongChang Games plan but the focus of a vision as Asia/'s premier winter sports hub.

Alpensia is the mountain venue cluster proposed for host skiing and sliding events while Gangneung would host the ice events.The compact nature of the Games plan sees the two venue clusters only 31km and 30 minutes apart.

A poll conducted last December by a Gangwon province newspaper, the Gangwon Ilbo, claimed that 95.2pc of local people backed the bid.

Yang Ho Cho said: "It would be a privilege for us to host the Games in 2018 and we look forward to sharing our vision with the commission this week. We believe we can offer the Olympic movement something unique and special – a new market for winter sports in Asia, home to 60pc of the world's population."


Keywords · 2018 Winter Olympics · PyeongChang · IOC · evaluation commission


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