POSTED: May 10th 2011

PyeongChang 2018 'delighted' by assessment of history bid

PyeongChang's potentially iconic skijump tower / lake images
PyeongChang's potentially iconic skijump tower / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

GENEVA/SEOUL, May 10: The IOC's recognition of how PyeongChang had kept its promises from previous bids was one of  a list of pluses noted in the evaluation commission's analysis of it bid to bring the Winter Games to Korea for the first time, in 2018.

The evaluation report was published today in Lausanne and welcomed warmly by Yang Ho Cho, chairman and ceo of PyeongChang 2018.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted that the IOC’s report confirms that PyeongChang is considered ready to welcome the Olympic and Paralympic Games to South Korea for the first time.

"The evaluation commission’s visit was a great success and this has been highlighted in their recognition of our bid as ‘a national priority’ and that ‘all land required for the construction and operation of the competition venues has been secured’."

He added: “We are particularly delighted that the report praises PyeongChang’s efficient and compact Games lan, and that the IOC has acknowledged that we have kept our promises and developed a sports resort tailor-made for the Winter Games, ensuring athletes, the Olympic Family and winter sports fans will have a convenient, safe and fun Winter Games experience."

The IOC report endorsed a remarkable level of public support with its own poll showing a 92pc approval rate in PyeongChang, 87pc in Gangwon Province and 87pc nationally.

Cho added: "With less than two months to go until the vote in Durban, we are confident that PyeongChang would deliver an unforgettable Games with the power to inspire a new generation of winter sports athletes and provide a platform for winter sports to grow and thrive in new areas of the world."

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