POSTED: Saturday February 22nd 2014

PyeongChang 2018 prepares to take the Olympic flag and become the next Winter Games host city

SOCHI - The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) readies to take the Olympic Host City baton in preparations for the handover moment during the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony Sunday evening.

POCOG President & CEO KIM Jin-sun was joined in a press conference held at the Main Press Center (MPC) by POCOG Vice President & Secretary General MOON Donghoo, Executive Director of PyeongChang 2018 Handover Ceremony & Artistic Segment, YOON Ho-jin, Vice Governor of Gangwon Province, KIM Jeongsam, Mayor of PyeongChang LEE Seok-rae, and POCOG Spokesperson KANG Minji who moderated the event.

President Kim said, "Our vision is very clear: new horizons, developing industries, building a hub of winter sports in Gangwon province. Our Games will also be a Games of culture, environment and peace."

"When we receive the Olympic flag tomorrow (Sunday), PyeongChang essentially begins. We will get the whole world on board."

The handover ceremony and artistic segment executive director YOON Ho-Jin gave few details to the press in order to keep the secret for the big event as it is televised around the world, "The PyeongChang 2018 Handover Ceremony and Artistic Segment will deliver a story under the theme of "A Journey Together".

"We have a team of the best directors in Korea and world-renown cast members for the Artistic Segment, and will showcase Korea's unique artistic aura to the world."

During the conference President Kim also touched on the extremely important topic of Games' security and noted, "The Republic of Korea is one of the world's safest countries. However, considering the special nature of the Olympics, a security committee headed by the prime minister is already in operation."

During the closing ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games the Olympic Flag will officially be passed from the Mayor of Sochi, Anatoliy Nikolayevich Pakhomov, to the Mayor of PyeongChang, LEE Seok-rae, and after it is celebrated on arrival in Korea it will be conserved at the Municipal office in the city in anticipation of the upcoming Olympic Winter Games.

For more information contact:

J.S. RYU, Media Director
Tel: +7.938.4545807

Yujin KIM, Project Manager
Tel: +7.926.7591520


POCOG has a media office in the Main Press Center on the second floor that will be open during the Paralympics.


The PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG) will host the XXIII Edition of the Winter Games between February 9-25 2018. Over 80 countries and 6,000 athletes are expected to take part in the first Winter Olympics held in Asia in 20 years. Seven sports will be on the official program comprising 15 disciplines.
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place right after the Olympics March 9-18 2018 with approximately 50 countries and 690 athletes competing.  Five sports are on the Paralympic program that will take place in the Olympic venues.

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Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Olympics · Kim Jin Sun · Moon Donghoo · Yoon Ho jin · Kim Jeongsam · Lee Seok rae

Name: Pocog Press Office
Organization: PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Phone: 82333502197

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