POSTED: September 22nd 2015
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Olympics: PyeongChang 2018 kicks off construction on the Olympic Village

The IOC Coordination Commission all pitched in to help President Cho break the first ground / POCOG
The IOC Coordination Commission all pitched in to help President Cho break the first ground / POCOG

IOC Executive Board Member Gunilla Lindberg addressed the crowd / POCOG
IOC Executive Board Member Gunilla Lindberg addressed the crowd / POCOG

The Commission will also visit all the venues to check in on the progress / POCOG
The Commission will also visit all the venues to check in on the progress / POCOG

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) broke ground on the construction of the Olympic Village today with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission. The Olympic Village will serve both the Winter Games and the Paralympics.

The IOC Commission, led by IOC Executive Board Member, Gunilla Lindberg, and Executive Games Director, Christophe Dubi, is in town for the fifth inspection visit on the progress of the Games.

"The Olympic Village is the heart of the Olympic Games," noted Lindberg. "It is a special place where athletes from around the world come together to prepare and celebrate in peace and harmony under the Olympic values.

"I would like to congratulate the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee, the local authorities and the developer for their hard work on this important project. I am confident that this Village will be a good facility for the athletes and I know that President Cho and his team will spare no effort to deliver the best conditions and services possible for those Olympians staying here in 2018.

"I wish everyone involved in this project good luck. "

POCOG President Yang-ho Cho, Mayor of PyeongChang City, President of Yongpyong Resort and all related stakeholders were present. POCOG will also be collaborating closely with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the on-time completion of the PyeongChang Olympic Village.

POCOG President Yang-ho Cho proclaimed, "POCOG is committed to building a Village that will provide the best environment for athletes so they can be in optimal condition for their competition. POCOG also wants it to be as comfortable as they are at home where they can relax and enjoy meeting fellow athletes from around the world." 

Construction will take place at the 42,000m2 Yongpyong Dome located in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster and importantly to note, will be built with an investment by a private company, the Yongpyong Resort. This plan will save POCOG US$83.5 million in construction costs.

The Olympic Village has been conceived as multi-functional resort type apartments providing "an athlete-oriented environment while ensuring an eco-friendly atmosphere with maximized accessibility".

Some 3,500 athletes will be accommodated in the Village and it is targeted to be completed in September of 2017.

As a legacy, post Games time, the apartments will be sold to the public offering housing and boosting the winter sports tourism. 

5th Coordination Commission Visit

POCOG President Yang-ho Cho, will be updating the Commission about the progress made since the last full visit of the Commission in March this year.

The group will also be studying POCOG's next imminent plans, especially with the first two Games test events coming up early next year.

The Commission will also be following updates on services to the athletes, National Olympic Committees, International Federations, spectators and the media; sport; marketing; legacy; test events; pre-Games operations; technology; and the Paralympic Games. Representatives of the seven winter international sports federations will be on hand to assist and give feedback.

The meeting will take place September 22-24 with a final press conference at the conclusion. 


Keywords · Olympics · PyeongChang 2018 · Yang Ho Cho


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