POSTED: June 19th 2013
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PyeongChang 2018 gets good report card from IOC on Winter Games preparations

The final press conference with POCOG leaders and the IOC Coordination Commission / POCOG
The final press conference with POCOG leaders and the IOC Coordination Commission / POCOG


LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission concluded its two day visit to PyeongChang with praise for the progress being carried out by the organizers to prepare for the 2018 Winter Games. The PyeongChang Olympic Games Organizing Committee (POCOG) has had an intense meeting delivering updates on the works in progress as they prepare to welcome the world to the Alpine area in Gangwon Province.

Head of the Coordination Commission, IOC Executive Board member, Gunilla Lindberg, noted, “We’ve once again seen good progress from PyeongChang 2018 and an excellent team effort from the Organising Committee, all levels of government, and the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC). Delivering the Olympic Games can be achieved successfully only by working as a single unit and our Korean colleagues have shown that unity once again on this visit.

“We have been impressed by their ability to collaborate closely -- from the provision of skilled administrators at POCOG to the finalisation of the venue master plan -- to ensure that these Games will be a success. The PyeongChang 2018 team is giving its all for the Olympians of 2018.”

Lindberg also highlighted on the major benchmarks in the past year as the POCOG plan compounds on the development of the winter Games. Namely the launch of PyeongChang 2018’s new emblem, the finalization of the venue master plan, and the progress in defining venue legacies as areas of particular note are at the top of the list.

POCOG President Kim Jun-sun, added, “POCOG has laid a firm foundation for Games preparation efforts, in close cooperation with the national government, Gangwon Province, Host and Venue Cities, the National Assembly and the KOC. These efforts are evident in our Games Foundation Plan and the Master Schedule, as well as the development of detailed venue construction plans.

“We’ve received a great amount of support and help from Chair Lindberg and Gilbert Felli, along with the IOC Coordination Commission and experts from the International Federations. I’d like to stress the fact that we’re fortunate to be working with well experienced and extremely professional members of the Commission. With only three-and-a-half years to go until the Test Events, we will spare no time to make further progress in putting together a successful Games in PyeongChang.”

New Logo

On May 3rd in PyeongChang and Seoul the new look and branding of the Games was launched before a live audience of 2,000 people. The new branding of the Games depicts the Korean alphabet and has taken a prominent role in the POCOG communications channels. The New Horizons design and symbolism was embraced by the commission and etching its mark in the new look and feel of the Olympics.

Venues

All the venue locations have now been finalized and work is going forward rapidly on the design phase to make sure that everything will be ready in time for the imperative test events prior to the Games. The Games’ plan has been idealized to make sure that the athletes’ experience on the fields of play has the best possible conditions and is highly competitive.

The ice cluster in the city of Gangneung is expected to create a great opportunity for a multiple event spectator experience and a lucrative situation that POCOG must now start to study how to maximize to the fullest.  

Legacy

Also the Commission noted on the amount of effort that had already gone into the planning of the legacy post Games and the idea was tabled to create a multi-stakeholder group to oversee this as it would insure that all the prominent players would be  engaged from the get go to help define the legacy.

Challenges

While good progress has been made both parties agreed that there were a few areas where there are a number of challenges that need to be brought to fruition for the successful staging of the winter Games.

The inventory of the accommodations needs to be finalized to meet the demand; the marketing program needs to get fully on its way; specialist members of the workforce need to be recruited; the transfer of knowledge from the Sochi 2014 Games will play a critical part and the handover is extremely important; and the home team must be in its best competitive shape possible in order to participate in all the sports on the program.

The Commission has added Paralympian Ann Cody, who also served on the Evaluation Commission, to bring expertise for both the Olympics and the Paralympics.

It was advised that the culture and education programs begin in earnest as soon as possible, and that the marketing and construction tenders could also get launched.

All of the above would give the Games’ progress a boost and allow for stronger engagement with the local and international communities and make the activities more concrete for the future potential stakeholders.

Other points on the agenda that were discussed included sport, transport, energy, technology, communications, sustainability and the Paralympic Games.


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