POSTED: November 17th 2014
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The Russian Olympic Committee is even more excited about the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games after a visit to the Host City

(L to R) Lee Myung-ha, Project Manager Europe, NOC Relations Dept. (POCOG), Igor Kazikov, Head of Dictorate, Georgy Mnatsakanov, Head of Dept., Alexander Grushine, Head of Dept. / POCOG
(L to R) Lee Myung-ha, Project Manager Europe, NOC Relations Dept. (POCOG), Igor Kazikov, Head of Dictorate, Georgy Mnatsakanov, Head of Dept., Alexander Grushine, Head of Dept. / POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) This past week, the National Olympic Committee (NOC), of the former host nation Russia, made a four day visit to the upcoming host city and the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG).

With a delegation of three, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) was updated on service plans for the athletes, giving a briefing on the Games preparations, and lastly, they visited the construction sites of competition venues located in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster, and Gangneung Coastal Cluster. The delegation was enlightened on how well PyeongChang 2018 is utilizing the existing facilities to their fullest and they were very pleased about the compact venue concept. They left on a high note, as the next stage of the preparations for the Olympic Games commence.

"I am very impressed by the fact that from the Alpensia zone, all the competition venues and Olympic Villages can be reached within 30 minutes," stated Georgy Mnatsakanov, Head of Department at the Russian Olympic Committee.

As the 2018 Olympic Winter Games near, with less than three and a half years to go, visits to PyeongChang from NOCs are increasing, as they want to learn about the preparations and strategist their own plans. Along with the Russian delegation, there have been reconnaissance visits by seven other NOCs during the second half of this year. Spending 4-5 days each, the NOCs have been inspecting major projects for the future Olympic Winter Games. Such projects include; competition venues, the Olympic Villages, and the transport facilities that will best support their athletes for taking part in the 2018 Winter Games.

Muchol Shin, POCOG Director General of Communications and PR said, "We are actively informing the NOCs about our plans to best support their athletes, and at the same time we are gathering advice from each team in order to make the 2018 Olympic Winter Games the most athlete-oriented and Games-oriented."

With the intention of better coordinating PyeongChang's preparations, four more NOCS, which include Sweden and Norway, have confirmed visits to the Host City by next February. This will be during the 2014-2015 winter sports season in the Republic of Korea. 


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