POSTED: August 3rd 2012
PyeongChang 2018: IOC President Rogge attends Korea House celebration
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
August 3 - International Olympic Committee (IOC) head Dr. Jacques Rogge paid a visit to Korea House at London 2012 for a special celebration of Team Korea and the PyeongChang 2018 Games.
Rogge was accompanied by Christophe De Kepper, IOC Director General, and Yasmine Braeckevelt, his longtime private assistant. The Korean sports Minister, Kwang-shik Choe, as well as Dong Hoo Moon, PyeongChang 2018 Games Vice-President and Secretary General, was on hand to greet President Rogge with a number of members of the POCOG team.
The Korean National Olympic Committee (KOC) hosted a national themed reception and a large number of IOC members and dignitaries from the elite world of sport and TOP sponsor program were in attendance.
Rogge addressed the audience and said, “This is a special time, not only for Great Britain and London but of course for Korea and PyeongChang, the future host of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. You are witnessing first hand what it takes to stage the greatest sporting event on earth, and the 45 members of PyeongChang 2018 who are in London as observers will learn a great deal to share with your compatriots upon returning home.”
The President also mentioned an important fact about South Korea hosting the Games, “Let us not forget that, with PyeongChang 2018, Korea will become one of only a handful of countries to have hosted both a Summer and Winter edition of the Games. This is a great honour – and with it, you will make your mark on Olympic history.”
President Rogge also visited the special stand set up at Korea House that explains the overall concept of the winter Games of 2018 and shows a map of all the clusters and venues.
PyeongChang will host the 2018 winter Olympics between February 9-25.
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