POSTED: February 2nd 2013

Korean President Lee and IOC Chief Jacques Rogge exchange honors on Olympic visit

(L to R) IOC head Dr. Jacques Rogge and Korean President Lee at the Blue House / IOC photo
(L to R) IOC head Dr. Jacques Rogge and Korean President Lee at the Blue House / IOC photo

LAURA WALDEN in SEOUL / Sports Features Communications

February 2 - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Dr. Jacques Rogge paid a visit to the Blue House to see the current president of Korea Lee Myung-Bak during his brief trip to speak about the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

To mark the visit President Rogge awarded to President Lee the Olympic Order in gold and President Lee bestowed the Order of Sport Merit to President Rogge.

The IOC delegation included Gunilla Lindberg, the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games; Christophe De Kepper, the IOC Director General; and Gilbert Felli, the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director.

Prior to his visit to the Blue House Rogge stopped off to meet President-elect Park Guen-Hye who will be the incumbent president during the term of the preparations and the staging of the Games.

POCOG President Kim Jin-Sun is also in charge of the commission overseeing the Presidential Inauguration.

This visit to Korea was Rogge’s first chance to see the 2018 Olympic areas and was able to visit some of the venues, including curling, ski jumping, Alpine technical, and snowboard and freestyle. He also saw the different ice venues would be situated in the city of Gangneung and was able to get a grasp of the compactness of the cluster plan.

The Olympics will be held in PyeongChang from the 9th of February to the 25th the day President Park’s term will conclude.

Keywords · IOC · POCOG · Jacques Rogge · Lee Myung Bak · Jin Sun Kim

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