POSTED: May 1st 2014

Gunilla Lindberg: PyeongChang 2018 on track four years from hosting the Olympic Winter Games

IOC Executive Board member and head of the Coordination Commission Gunilla Lindberg and POCOG President Jin-sun Kim / POCOG
IOC Executive Board member and head of the Coordination Commission Gunilla Lindberg and POCOG President Jin-sun Kim / POCOG

The final briefing had good press participation / POCOG
The final briefing had good press participation / POCOG

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission finished its third inspection visit of PyeongChang Thursday, finding the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee’s progress steady as the Games get closer.

Joining members of POCOG for the three-day meetings were members of the Korean government, including Vice Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Jong Kim and Gangwon Province Governor Moon-soon Choi.

“We have had three excellent days of meetings and I’d like to congratulate President Kim of POCOG and his team for the quality of their work,” International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg said. “We were able to see that a large amount has been accomplished by POCOG and its partners since our last visit in June 2013.

"The participation of the International Federations, the Korean Olympic and Paralympic Committees, and the Korean national winter sports federations was also very beneficial and allowed POCOG to engage in in-depth discussions on all topics related to the venue and sport.

“The 2018 Games are on the right track but it is clear that much work remains. We are confident that POCOG and Korea will deliver great Games for the athletes in 2018.”

POCOG gave the Commission a tour of the Mountain and Coastal Clusters, which included visits to venues such as both Olympic Villages, the sliding centre, the International Broadcast Centre, the Main Press Centre, and two media villages.

PyeongChang has just under four years to complete Games preparations, and the Commission’s advice to POCOG for the next six months is to focus on marketing, venue construction, test events and Games services.

POCOG is close to finalising its first domestic partnership contract to help with its marketing efforts, while construction was underway in conjunction with construction companies at specific venues.

Test events are used to assess the readiness of venues as well as the hiring and training of staff and volunteers.

“The third Coordination Commission meeting was the first one after Sochi, and it was especially meaningful because we had the high-level representatives of the international winter sports federations with us this time,” POCOG President and Chief Executive Officer Jin-sun Kim said. “We reconfirmed the fact that ‘Now is PyeongChang’ and that the eyes of the world are now on PyeongChang.

“We had very practical and detailed discussions. With what came out of these discussions, we will ensure seamless preparation of ‘Best Games’ in order to make the PyeongChang 2018 Games something special, something different and something unique.

“This year is a big turning point for us. We must establish a solid framework. As I always stress, we have no time to practise and no time for trial and error. We will streamline our Master Schedule and set our priorities straight so that everything runs smoothly according to the timeline.”

The Commission was pleased with POCOG’s progress with the new highway and high-speed train connections from Seoul to the Olympic region, something it noted needed to be a focus after the last meeting. POCOG’s newest vice presidents and reorganisation was also commended, while the PyeongChang House and Closing Ceremony presentation at Sochi 2014 have gone a long way to promote the Games on an international scale.

PyeongChang will host the official International Olympic Committee Debriefing of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games in June before welcoming the Coordination Commission for its fourth visit in November.

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