POSTED: July 24th 2015
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PyeongChang 2018: IOC delegation says POCOG full focused on test events at conclusion of 5th Project Review

IOC delegation visits PyeongChang for fifth Project Review © POCOG
IOC delegation visits PyeongChang for fifth Project Review © POCOG

(L to R) Christophe Dubi, IOC Executive Director Olympic Games, and Gunilla Lindberg, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission © POCOG
(L to R) Christophe Dubi, IOC Executive Director Olympic Games, and Gunilla Lindberg, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission © POCOG

President Yang Ho Cho (center) and the POCOG team  © POCOG
President Yang Ho Cho (center) and the POCOG team © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) An International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegation that was led by Gunilla Lindberg, Chair of the IOC's Coordination Commission concluded its fifth Project Review visit to PyeongChang. The commission completed its visit to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games host city, today. The two-day visit (July 23-24) had a program full of working meetings for the delegation to be briefed on areas of Games preparations that included workforce, venues, marketing, technology, governance, and site visits.

"We had a very good fifth Project Review visit to PyeongChang. We could see that the Organizing Committee, under Chairman Cho's leadership, is fully focused on its first test events, as it transitions from being a planning organization to one that must deliver operationally. We also visited the Bokwang and Jeongseon venues, where next year's test events will be held, as well as the Alpensia Sliding Centre. The quality of the construction work at all three sports venues underlined Korea's well-deserved reputation in this field," expressed Chair Lindberg after the meeting came to an end.

During the meeting, the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) explained how its workforce is changing as they move into the delivery phase. The delegation was pleased to see POCOG's staff growth and their plans to deal with the new role. The visit also coincided with POCOG's signing of two more top tier domestic partners, which has solidified the Korean business community's interest and support. In addition, Chair Lindberg meet with the Gangwon Governor, Moon-soon Choi.

POCOG President and CEO, Yang-ho Cho stated, "We had very productive meetings, and I am pleased that since the last Coordination Commission visit in March, we have made good progress in preparing for PyeongChang 2018. Now we are making utmost efforts and working closely with the International Federations to successfully deliver the first Test Events which are only 6 months away, making headway with sponsorships with new signings and cooperating with all stakeholders including IOC, Central Government and Gangwon Province to ensure a successful Winter Games."

President Cho went on to add, "I appreciate the continued support of Chair Lindberg and the International Olympic Committee, and will move ahead to reach operational readiness, as well as increase our communication with the local and international audience."

Also during the two-day visit, POCOG presented a variety of its engagement and communications initiatives to the IOC delegation. These proposals would give POCOG the opportunity to further engage the Korean population and help promote PyeongChang 2018 to the entire world.

POCOG's next update to the IOC will be their presentations next week to the IOC Executive Board during their Session in Kuala Lumpur. The next visit by the Coordination Commission is scheduled for September.

** 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 www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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