POSTED: August 25th 2015

Olympics: POCOG reveals venue construction sites to the media

PyeongChang Olympic Stadium © PyeongChang 2018
PyeongChang Olympic Stadium © PyeongChang 2018

Alpensia Sliding Centre © PyeongChang 2018
Alpensia Sliding Centre © PyeongChang 2018

Jeongseon Alpine Centre © PyeongChang 2018
Jeongseon Alpine Centre © PyeongChang 2018

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The venue construction sites for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games were unveiled to the media for the first time on Monday.

According to Yonhap news agency, the Olympic organizers said there will be two "clusters" of venues. The PyeongChang Mountain Cluster for snowboarding and skiing events, while the Gangneung Coastal Cluster will hold skating, hockey, and curling competitions.

A total of twelve venues will be used for the 2018 Games. Currently, six venues are under construction, and six existing sites will be refurbished for the necessary Olympic competitions.

The visiting media was able to check out the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster, which holds the Alpensia Sliding Centre, where skeleton, bobsleigh, and luge events will be held. Also located in the same cluster is the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, and it will hold alpine skiing races. Both venues are under construction with completion dates expected to be in sometime in December of 2017. The sliding place is about 45 percent finished, and the alpine venue is around 27 percent done.

In addition, the city will start hosting test events, early next year. In February 2016, alpine skiing and snowboarding test events will be held to start things off. The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) President, Cho Yang-ho stated, "there should be no problem," staging successful test events.

The city and organizers had received criticism over its construction delays from the International Olympic Committee. However, recently the IOC officials and IOC President, Thomas Bach have expressed their satisfaction over the progress they have made since then.

President Cho has acknowledged that the alpine venue, "presented the biggest challenge" among all the venues, but the construction workers and PyeongChang officials are working hard to get everything done in time.  

Cho explained, "Test events can be held before venues are 100 percent complete."

He added, "The most important thing is obviously safety. We'll be working around the clock and on the weekends if necessary."

The media will make a visit to the Gangneung Coastal Cluster later today.

** 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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