POSTED: January 16th 2015

PyeongChang 2018 Project Review concludes with venue finalization

PyeongChang 2018 Project Review meeting / PyeongChang 2018
PyeongChang 2018 Project Review meeting / PyeongChang 2018

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Once the fourth project review visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Coordination Commission to the city of Gangneung concluded today, PyeongChang 2018 announced their venue master plan had been finalized. Even though the last IOC visit showed good progress, the Chair of the IOC's Commission, Gunilla Lindberg, stressed the importance of timelines, as test events start in 2016.

After the conclusion of the meeting, Chair Lindberg stated, “As we enter the delivery stage of the Games, some key priorities have been identified, and this has retained the full attention of President Cho, who is leading the organizational effort. Timelines in a number of areas remain tight, including for test events, so the PyeongChang Organizing Committee (POCOG) and its partners must continue to accelerate their work and reorganization in order to ensure the successful delivery of the venues and related services."

She concluded, “The approval of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations by the IOC created the opportunity for the Korean organizers to propose hosting sports or disciplines outside the host city in order to maximize legacies and minimize costs where feasible. Since then, both POCOG and their Government partners have made it clear that they will maintain their current venue plan. As a result, the venue master plan is now finalized.”

During the opening of the meeting, President of POCOG, Yang Ho Cho said, “I feel a great responsibility to ensure PyeongChang’s success. You have my assurances that I am fully committed to the Games through 2018.” He added, “I ask everyone here today to contribute to our objective of successful Games.”

Starting off the two-day meeting, the IOC Commission visited numerous new venues that are in the process of being built for the Games, which included, Gyeongpo Oval, Gangneung Ice Arena, Kwandong Hockey Center, Yulgok Hockey Center, Jeongseon Alpine Center and the Alpensia Sliding Center. Following this were executive meetings, which, for part of them, Gangwon Province Governor Choi Moon-soon was present.

From the region's side, Governor Choi was able to confirm that everything was being put in place to accomplish a successful Games. He went on to emphasize that all the delivery plans were settled for the approaching test events, which will allow preparations to move forward at full speed.

Following day one, day two was full of progress reports from key areas of the Games organization. Such areas covered in the reports were athlete and National Olympic Committee services, venues and infrastructure, marketing, sport, transport, people management, accommodation, test events, technology and legacy.

To conclude, the Project Review meetings are technical visits to the host city, which are also attended by the IOC Staff and Coordination Commission Chair. The meetings serve as interim updates that fall in between the full Coordination Commission visits. They will visit for another IOC update in March.

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