POSTED: August 19th 2015
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Olympics: IOC President Bach praises PyeongChang 2018 during visit to Seoul

(LtoR) POCOG President YH Cho welcomed IOC President Thomas Bach as he got off the plane in Seoul / POCOG
(LtoR) POCOG President YH Cho welcomed IOC President Thomas Bach as he got off the plane in Seoul / POCOG

POCOG President Cho and IOC President Thomas Bach at the Blue House / POCOG
POCOG President Cho and IOC President Thomas Bach at the Blue House / POCOG

(LtoR) IOC President Thomas Bach met with Gangwon Governor Moon soon Choi / POCOG
(LtoR) IOC President Thomas Bach met with Gangwon Governor Moon soon Choi / POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) President Yang Ho Cho welcomed International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach, today for number of meetings namely to touch base with local government officials and sponsors. 

The IOC President met with the Republic of Korea President, Geun-hye Park at the Blue House, where the two discussed the status of preparations for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

This visit marked the third meeting between the two presidents. During their meeting, the two leaders talked about the quality of construction and impressive progress of the 2018 Olympic venues over the last year. President Park reiterated her government's commitment and full support for the 2018 Games.

President Bach stated, "We had a very successful visit here in Korea...And I can say that we see the preparations for the Olympic Winter Games 2018 really being on track. There has been great progress made since my last visit."

He added, "It was very important to have the opportunity to experience once more the real firm and great commitment of Republic of Korea President Park to the success of these Olympic Winter Games and also her great appreciation for the role sport plays in society. I was really impressed once more with this conversation with the President."

President Bach commented on the reinvigorated cooperation between POCOG, the IOC, and the International Federations (IFs), due to the Integration Working Group. The Group has proven to be very effective in its support for 2018 Games.

In addition, POCOG President Cho was singled out by President Bach for his role in galvanizing the Games' preparations. President Cho accompanied President Bach throughout his visit to Seoul.

"My thanks to President Cho, who is doing an excellent job together with our IOC Coordination Commission," expressed President Bach.

He went on to add, "It is a real pleasure to see how the construction is coming off the ground, how the operations are making progress, and that we see the staffing of the Organizing Committee with experienced people."

As the organizers start to shift to a more operational stage, the focus will turn to the upcoming test events and what learning opportunities they can provide. POCOG has recently put more effort behind raising the profile of the Games, and it has had a positive impact. However, communication in and outside the organization needs to increased, leading up to the first test events that are scheduled for next year.  

Earlier in the day, President Bach spoke during a lunch that was organized by President Cho. Leaders of the government, sports, and business sectors were in attendance. Also, President Bach was accompanied on his visit by Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi; IOC Executive Board Member and Coordination Commission Chair for PyeongChang 2018, Gunilla Lindberg; and IOC Director General, Christophe De Kepper.

Also during his one-day visit, President Bach stopped by the headquarters of Worldwide Olympic Partner, Samsung and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

** 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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