POSTED: February 1st 2013
NewsUpdate

IOC President Rogge lauds progress and compactness of PyeongChang 2018 Olympics

(L to R) Gilbert Felli, Executive Director Olympic Games, Gunilla Lindberg, Coordination Commission Chairman, IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge, POCOG President Kim Jin-Sun, and Kim Ji-Young, Chairman of KOC International Relations Commission / Herald Media
(L to R) Gilbert Felli, Executive Director Olympic Games, Gunilla Lindberg, Coordination Commission Chairman, IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge, POCOG President Kim Jin-Sun, and Kim Ji-Young, Chairman of KOC International Relations Commission / Herald Media

LAURA WALDEN in Seoul / Sports Features Communications

February 2 - International Olympic Committee chief Dr. Jacques Rogge has given full approval of the state-of-the art venues at PyeongChang 2018 for the Winter Games.

During a three day visit to Korea President Rogge traveled to Gangwon Province to see the Olympic areas for the very first time since the alpine city won the IOC nod to host the winter Games in July of 2011 in Durban.

The IOC president met the press at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul at the conclusion of the trip and gave some perspective about host city PyeongChang, “This is going to be the hub of winter sports in Asia. It will develop winter sports on this continent.”

The rainy weather got in the way of a full venue tour to see all the sports facilities. However Rogge wasn’t put off by the rain and commented that it downpours “every second day” in his native Belgium and he is used to it. At the moment many of the venues are hosting the Special Olympics in the Games’ City as well.

He hailed the sports areas declaring to be extremely pleased with the progress of the work and the compactness of the Olympic zones.

The President said, “I may say that we are extremely happy by the progress of the work and very optimistic for the successful staging and the preparations for the Games.

“Later on I will have a meeting with President Elect Park and then later on with President Lee and with both presidents I will have the opportunity to discuss the very much needed state support for the preparations of the Games.”

POCOG President Kim Jin-Sun assured the IOC delegation that “preparations were going smoothly” and he added, “Stadiums and highways are already under construction or are contracted to be built.

“The Special Act that laid the foundation for the Winter Games preparation was enacted last year and the Games’ Foundation Plan has been completed.

“As for the transportation network, the construction work for the high speed rail that will connect Wonju to Gangwon was started last June. Work has begun and a design order has been placed for the other 14 transportation infrastructures.

“The marketing plan was completed and President Rogge noted that the agreement was signed between POCOG and the IOC on January 30th. We have made efforts for cultural promotion and sports as well.

Kim noted that so far POCOG is on course and that this year would represent a period of full orbit for the preparations and that the works would speed up. And full-fledged marketing activity would kick off too.

The POCOG President also emphasized the importance of the performance of the home team at the 2018 Games and the fact that the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) is well aware of the job at hand to deliver.

Ambassador Kim Ji-Young, Chairman of KOC International Relations Commission, added, \"These past few days we have been truly honored with the IOC President\'s visit to Korea. This represents great significance to the nationwide Olympic and sports family. I am furthermore pleased that we have spent some very productive days especially at the Jincheon National Training Center and at the Olympic sites in PyeongChang. In less than five years we will welcome the world at home and I am very please that this opportunity will facilitate the groundbreaking development for Korean winter sports.\"

Rogge also praised Korea’s commitment to sport and declared that he was amazed by the quality and the beauty of the training area for the Korean teams. “Believe me, I have seen many of these centers but this is really a first class one,” he added.

He concluded the conference by noting that \"The success of the Olympic Games is measured by the happiness of the athletes. The Olympics are organized for the best athletes in the world.\"


Keywords · IOC · PyeongChang 2018 · winter Games · Jacques Rogge · Kim Jin Sun


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