POSTED: February 16th 2011

PyeongChang shows IOC it follows through with Winter Games promises

Bid chairman Cho reviews the day / lake images
Bid chairman Cho reviews the day / lake images

The PyeongChang ski jump at Alpensia / lake images
The PyeongChang ski jump at Alpensia / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE in PyeongChang / Sports Features Communications

PYEONGCHANG, S Korea, Feb 16: Bid officials seeking to bring the Winter Olympics to South Korea for the first time and to Asia for only the third time believes the IOC must be impressed by evidence that they are keeping their promises.

PyeongChang lost out to Vancouver for the 2010 Games and Sochi for 2014. But at least those campaigns gave the Koreans an opportunity to declare a loyalty to the Olympic movement which is being evidence this week to the evaluation commission.

Bid chairman and ceo Cho Yang-ho led project presentations to the commission and emerged with a feeling of cautious optimism. Cho said: “Our strength is our public support and our compact plans but also that we have kept the promises we made in previous bids.

“For example, a lot of young people from Asia, including people with disabilities, are now part of the Dream Programme which we had promised the IOC in the past. This shows that PyeongChang is delivering on the Olympic ideals.

Population check

“PyeongChang is ready and the most important thing for us is to promote winter sports in Asia. About 60pc of the global population live in Asia and PyeongChang is becoming the centre of winter sports in Asia. Many of the necessary facilities have been built so we are ready to deliver.”

The PyeongChang project is founded on the Alpensia and Gangneung resorts, 30km apart which include seven venues which the bid team say have been tested in international competition. Seven more will be built only if PyeongChang wins the bid vote.

Cho added: “We have great support now from our national government. President Lee’s visit demonstrated its strong commitment and support and all the presenters and bid committee have worked hard to deliver what we had prepared. I am very satisfied with our performance today.”

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