POSTED: March 17th 2016
NewsUpdate

Olympics: IOC Coordination Commission confident in PyeongChang 2018 progress

Press conference with (L-R) Ronald Hutcheson; Christopher Dubi; IOC Coordination Commission for PyeongChang 2018 Chair, Gunilla Lindberg; POCOG President, Yang-Ho Cho; and Yeo Hyungkoo © POCOG
Press conference with (L-R) Ronald Hutcheson; Christopher Dubi; IOC Coordination Commission for PyeongChang 2018 Chair, Gunilla Lindberg; POCOG President, Yang-Ho Cho; and Yeo Hyungkoo © POCOG

IOC Coordination Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg and POCOG President, Yang-Ho Cho © POCOG
IOC Coordination Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg and POCOG President, Yang-Ho Cho © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The sixth visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 concluded yesterday. The Coordination Commission was very confident that things are moving in the right direction for PyeongChang 2018 as preparations for the Games intensify.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) was congratulated by Coordination Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg for hosting a successful first round of test events. She also expressed satisfaction with the progress of construction on competition venues.

POCOG received positive reviews and praise from technical experts and athletes on their running of test events. The next winter sports season will see another 24 test events, which will dramatically increase POCOG's workload. The first of those events will be the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Short Track Speed Skating that will take place in the new Gangneung Ice Arena in December.  

"There is still a lot of work to do, but PyeongChang 2018 is on track to deliver great Olympic Winter Games for Korea and the world. We are pleased with what we have seen and heard during our visit," expressed Lindberg.

POCOG President, Yang-ho Cho stated, "This Coordination Commission meeting has been a very productive few days for all of us, sharing constructive feedback and expertise.  As we move into the critical operational phase of the Games, I would like to thank the IOC and international federations for the continued guidance and support.  The strong partnership that we share is instrumental to our success."

"As we have seen with our first test events, our continued cooperation is essential to hosting a Great Games. With our close cooperation, we will ensure a great Olympics and Paralympics in 2018," added President Cho.

The three-day visit included venue visits and discussions with POCOG on Games preparations, such as transport, athlete, experience, legacy planning, and sustainability.

With the Rio 2016 Games approaching, POCOG laid out their plans to establish a PyeongChang House during the Games. The facility will showcase PyeongChang's Games preparations and winter sports.

Lastly, before the Coordination Commission departed, Lindberg joined the signing ceremony for the newest POCOG partner, Lotte. Lotte is a leading lifestyle company that covers areas, including construction, hospitality, entertainment, retail, and food. This signing has POCOG at nearly 70 percent of its sponsorship goals.

** 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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