POSTED: July 10th 2017

Olympics: IOC EB hears updates from PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022

Press conference with Christophe Dubi, Executive Director Olympic Games © IOC
Press conference with Christophe Dubi, Executive Director Olympic Games © IOC

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The organizers of each of the upcoming Olympic Games updated the IOC EB on the status of their preparations and Ibaraki Kashima Stadium was confirmed as football competition venue at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games.

The Ibaraki Kashima Stadium is located in Kashima City in the Ibaraki Prefecture is one of the world's top stadiums and was damaged during the 2011 earthquake but regained its full operational capacity thanks to help from FIFA and various stakeholders.

The Tokyo 2020 team also reiterated their commitment to shave down their budget and announced that local excitement for the Games has been ramped up due to the Medal Project, Mascot Selection Process, and nationwide Olympic and Paralympic Flag Tour.

PyeongChang 2018

The PyeongChang 2018 Gams was represented by Executive Vice President Jae-youl Kim, who informed the EB that the PyeongChang Olympic Village and media village units are already sold out as part of the Games' legacy. The coastal cluster village in Gangneung is also in high demand with seven bidders per unit.

After carrying out 22 successful test events last year in the venues organizers are now focused on engaging with the public, as well as revising plans to ensure both fans and athletes enjoy the best Games experience possible.  

IOC President Thomas Bach, IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg, and the IOC team wee in the Republic of Korea recently and met with elected President Jae-in Moon who expressed his strong support for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics and Paralympics.

Christophe Dubi, IOC Executive Director, also noted that in respect to the original bid plan a number of hotels in PyeongChang were not built but now accommodations have been planned to be spread out in wider range from the main areas. He said that they were still waiting on the delivery of 11 hotels and they are monitoring the situation carefully and that will simplify the demand.

He said, "It is a tight situation but at the same time we have everything we need at this point in time which is reassuring."

Beijing 2022

Alexander Zhukov, IOC Coordination Commission Chair for Beijing 2022, delivered a report reiterating the strong support of the Chinese President for the Games and the finalization of the venue master plan, they are working on with the International Federations to identify sport managers and further developing the concept to host "green, inclusive, open and clean" Winter Games.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

Keywords · Olympics · Tokyo 2020 · PyeongChang 2018 · Beijing 2022

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