POSTED: March 21st 2012
PyeongChang 2018 gets thumbs up from IOC Commission chief Gunilla Lindberg
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
TAMPA: The IOC Coordination Commission led by IOC executive board member Gunilla Lindberg was in South Korea this week for their first inspection tour with the PyeongChang Organizing Committee Olympic Games (POCOG) and the group gave the work preparations a thumbs up.
The visit took place between 20 and 22nd of March and the members were able to visit several of the venues in Alpensia and Gangneung that are in existence already for the first Korean winter Games.
Lindberg said, “We were pleased by the high quality of presentations that were delivered by the very capable team at PyeongChang 2018, under the leadership of President Jin Sun Kim.
“They have a good grasp of what is expected of them and what they need to accomplish. They have taken full advantage of the bid process to learn from the IOC and previous Olympic hosts and this is clearly reflected in their current work.”
The construction of the athletes’ Olympic Village in Gangneung has already begun with particular attention being given to the needs of the real protagonists of the Games for optimal conditions with training and competitions.
The key positions of the organizing committee have been filled now and this offered an opportunity for the IOC team to meet with them and to hear their dedication to fulfill the plan laid out in their bid proposal which foresees a strong influence on sport, legacy and sustainability.
POCOG President Kim added, “It was a rewarding inaugural meeting with the Coordination Commission under the astute leadership of Mrs Lindberg.
“The positive appraisals and invaluable advice will serve us well in the years to come. We would like to express our gratitude to every member of the Coordination Commission and IOC administration, and to the national and local governments, as well as the Korean Olympic Committee.”
The Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) also delivered updates to the IOC on their projects to develop the team for the 2018 Games. Part of the legacy of the PyeongChang 2018 Games was to develop winter sports in Korea and especially on the Asian continent and the International Federations have been very supportive in this regard.
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