POSTED: May 21st 2016

New POCOG President has busy first week

(L-R) POCOG President, Lee Hee-beom and IOC Coordination Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg © POCOG
(L-R) POCOG President, Lee Hee-beom and IOC Coordination Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg © POCOG

President Lee and Lindberg during press conference © POCOG
President Lee and Lindberg during press conference © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) It has been a busy first week for the new President of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), Lee Hee-beom.

The week started with site visits and briefings at the host cities of Gangneung and PyeongChang. He also met and addressed the Organizing Committee staff members. President Lee has a schedule that is full of meeting arrangements with officials of national winter sport federations, government bodies, and sports organizations.

He met with International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Coordination Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg on Thursday to discuss the preparations for the 2018 Games. The following day, President Lee held his first press conference with international and domestic media residing in Seoul, South Korea. He explained his goals and aspirations for POCOG as he moves forward in his role as President. He also asked for the media's continued advice, support, and interest.

He opened the conference saying, "Personally, it is a great honor to be able to take part in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games."

He went on to added, "We have 19 months left until the Games, and I understand the constraints we face in terms of time and resources...I have faith in the capacity and vitality of the Organizing Committee, displayed by the successful hosting of the test events this past February.  I am certain that we can achieve even more success in 2018 with the combined teamwork and passion of POCOG, the central government, Gangwon Province and the sports community."

Also attending the press conference was Lindberg who stated that she has been, "greatly impressed by President Lee's energy and passion for the project."

"He is certainly off to a fast start and we are looking forward to working closely with him and the PyeongChang team.  I have no doubt that under Mr. Lee's leadership, the capable team at PyeongChang2018 will deliver outstanding Games that have a unique Korean feeling and leave lasting positive legacy for PyeongChang, Gangwon Province and the Republic of Korea," expressed Lindberg.

President Lee's schedule continues to be very busy with upcoming meetings with officials from the Gangwon Province, along with preparing for the IOC Executive Board's upcoming meeting in June.

** 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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