POSTED: November 21st 2013
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IOC President Bach visits Korean President Park at the Blue House

President Park welcomed IOC chief Thomas Bach during his visit to Seoul / IOC
President Park welcomed IOC chief Thomas Bach during his visit to Seoul / IOC

The Blue House is known for its lovely blue tiled roof / Blue House
The Blue House is known for its lovely blue tiled roof / Blue House

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) After International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach made an official visit to the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games (POCOG) he was received at the Blue House by Korea President Park Geun-hye.

Bach thanked President Park for her dedication and commitment to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics which will be essential as they turn the corner after Sochi and enter the next phase of the organizing committee’s preparations.

President Park showed her close ties to the POCOG leadership by choosing POCOG President J.S. Kim to oversee her inaugural ceremony to take the helm of the nation. She will also be the country's leading figure through the Games as her term ends at the conclusion of the Olympics.

The IOC said in a statement: “President Park underlined her government’s continued backing of the Games, and emphasised the importance of sport in society and its educational role in Korean society.

“The Korean President added that she was strongly supportive of the IOC's fight against doping and zero-tolerance policy on drugs. She also expressed interest in learning more about the IOC Athlete Career Programme, which helps athletes develop dual careers and hone skills for working life after competition.”

The Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) as well as the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will be endeavoring to build up the national sports system and their athletes for the best participation possible for the home Games in 2018.

PyeongChang will host the Games February 9-25 and the Paralympics March 9-18 in the same venues.


Keywords · IOC · President Park Geun Hye · Thomas Bach · winter Olympics · PyeongChang 2018 · POCOG


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