POSTED: September 19th 2014

POCOG President Cho hosts Olympic power lunch with Bach, Lindberg, Dubi and Korean stakeholders in Seoul

President Cho (standing) addressed the IOC and Korean stakeholders / POCOG
President Cho (standing) addressed the IOC and Korean stakeholders / POCOG

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The President of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), Yang ho Cho, took advantage of the opening of the Incheon Asiad to host a strategic power lunch on the eve of the Games in downtown Seoul. It proved an excellent time to briefly update the IOC on latest developments during the luncheon.

A top level IOC team were present consisting of President Thomas Bach, PyeongChang 2018 Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg, and Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games Executive Director, who took over the job from longtime leader Gilbert Felli at the beginning of this month.

Cho said, “President Bach's visit is a testament to the strong support of the IOC and I greatly appreciate his leadership which is critical to our success. 

“We are also pleased that leaders have gathered here from all sectors of Korea's business and sports community, as well as the leaders from the central and provincial government and NOC, to show their commitment to the IOC and full support of PyeongChang.

“This support is the key to our success and we are all looking ahead and focused on hosting the best Winter Games ever." 

A number of South Korean key stakeholders involved with the Games were present including Jung-haeng Kim, President of the Korean Olympic Committee, Jong-deok Kim, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Gangwon Governor Moon-soon Choi, and the Chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries, Chang Soo Huh.

“We thank new POCOG President Cho for the initiative to gather together such important constituents from civil society – including sports, business and politics,” noted President Bach.  “A successful Olympic Games needs the full support and unity of all major stakeholders. Today’s luncheon showed that PyeongChang 2018 has the strong backing of all parties.”

The IOC officials had also been received at the Blue House by South Korean President Geun hye Park earlier in the day. President Park spoke with them on current issues pending about the PyeongChang 2018 Games and reiterated the Korean government’s support of the Games.

On Friday a special meeting was planned to inform Lindberg and Dubi indepth on progress updates made in various projects, including venue construction and transport infrastructure development.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Yang Ho Cho · Thomas Bach · Gunilla Lindberg · Christophe Dubi · Jung-haeng Kim · Jong-deok Kim · Moon-soon Choi · Chang Soo Huh

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