POSTED: September 1st 2011

PyeongChang 2018 completes successful first step in Olympic preparations

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

DAEGU/TAMPA: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) concluded a fruitful initial orientation session with the top representatives of PyeongChang 2018 almost two months after their election as host city.

The IOC was represented by the chair of the coordination commission, Gunilla Lindberg, IOC executive Games director, Gilbert Felli and IOC Sports Director, Christophe Dubi.

The main objective of the meeting was to flag the key milestones that will take place during the span of the organizing committee. They also laid partnership framework that will guide the preparations for the next seven years and outlined best practice tips from previous Games.

Lindberg said, “We are excited to be here so soon after PyeongChang was awarded the right to host the 2018 Games. Our Games Management process helps cities to get up and running quickly and effectively, which is highly beneficial because, as PyeongChang will discover, the seven years between now and the Games will go by rapidly.

“The city has already benefited from the transfer of knowledge from past Games and from their previous bids and we can see how well-prepared and eager they are already.

“We were pleased with the presence of all levels of government during our visit, as we met Minister Choung from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Governor Choi; and the mayors of the host communities. This underlines the strong ties between the Games stakeholders and the commitment of the country to these Games.”

The PyeongChang delegation was represented by: bid ceo Yang Ho Cho, Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) President Y.S. Park, IOC member from Korea Dae Sung Moon and Ki Hong Kim, Director General of the Sports Bureau, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Gangwon Governor Moon-soon Choi represented the local government as host region.

Cho said, "We are very happy to have welcomed Ms Lindberg and the IOC representatives to PyeongChang again. As we wrap up the IOC Orientation Seminar, I feel that we are off to a very good start.

"We are learning a great deal from the IOC's expertise and experience, and the information we have received during this Seminar will serve as the foundation for our preparations.

"For the next seven years, we will work closely with the IOC, and all of their guidance, counsel, and friendship will ensure that we host a successful Winter Games in 2018."

The seminar was aimed at explaining in detail the preparation phases and the operations for the next seven years until Games’ time and also very important how to organize the start-up phase from the beginning. The IOC also has a very helpful Games management program that is a transfer of knowledge.  

Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM)

As part of the Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM) program this assists organizing committees with information from past Games that can be passed on for future reference.

This program serves as a guide book and consists of: a knowledge base, accessible via an extranet, comprising key reports, plans and information from every area of Olympic Games management, observers’ and secondees’ programmes during the Games, a debrief following each edition of the Games, and access to specially tailored courses for Organising Committees with the participation of Games experts.

Change with Korean Sports Minister

South Korean President Myung-Bak Lee carried out a change of ministers as several of them are gearing up for bids to run in the National Assembly elections next April.

Minister Byoung-gug Choung, in charge of sports, culture and tourism, has left his position and was replaced by Gwang-sik Choi, the head of the Cultural Heritage Administration and former Director of National Museum of Korea, as his new Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · IOC · Gunilla Lindberg · Gilbert Felli · Christophe Dubi · Yang Ho Cho · Moon-soon Choi · YS Park · Dae Sung Moon · Ki Hong Kim

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