POSTED: June 8th 2015

POCOG welcomes six new events to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Programme

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) respects the  International Olympic Committee (IOC) 's decision to add six new additions to the 2018 programme

The IOC Executive Board announced that one curling event, one alpine skiing event, two skating events, and two snowboard events will be added to the competition program for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Also, the IOC made the decision to remove both men's and women's Parallel Slalom (snowboard events) from the 2018 program. The new events will increase the total number of gold medal events to 102, which is four more than previous Games. The PyeongChang 2018 Games will mark the first in Winter Olympic history that a Winter Games has staged more than 100 medal events.

The new additions will include the following:

·         Curling - Mixed Doubles Event - one medal event

·         Alpine Skiing - Nations Team Event - one medal event

·         Speed Skating - Mass Start (men's and women's) Event - two medal event

·         Snowboard - Big Air (men's and women's) Event - two medal event

The IOC stated, "The new program will allow for a record number of female events, a record number of mixed events, a record number of female athletes, and a projected increase in the overall female participation rates at the Olympic Winter Games, reflecting the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020."

POCOG President, Yang-ho Cho expressed, "IOC Olympic Agenda 2020 opened the door to more flexibility with the events and we believe that adding new events will make the 2018 Winter Games more innovative and open New Horizons, inspiring and inviting more participation in winter sports. They will expand and improve the Olympic Program encouraging more athletes to compete by reaching out to a wider audience."

POCOG believes the new additions will have little impact on the overall operations of the Games. PyeongChang will strive to provide athletes with the same optimal competing conditions as those already on the Olympic Program, by working closely with the IOC and relevant International Federations.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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