POSTED: Tuesday March 3rd 2015
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POCOG completes the 'Accessibility Manual' to accelerate its preparation for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games

Seoul, March 3, 2015 - The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) announced today that it has completed their signature ‘Accessibility Manual’ for Olympic venues and services to stage a successful and accessible Paralympic Winter Games.

‘Accessibility’ is one of the most basic yet important factors for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, not only for the participating Paralympic athletes but for the attendees as well. It also means that all spectators including the physically-impaired, the elderly, and pregnant women can overcome differences in physical condition, age and language, and have access to all venues, services and infrastructure without discrimination.

In order to host the most accessible Games possible, POCOG has developed its own signature ‘Accessibility Manual’ by incorporating guidelines from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)‘s ‘Accessibility Guide’ and relevant Korean legislation to ensure maximum access and convenience. POCOG adopted higher standards between the IPC guidelines and local regulations in order to maximize the accessibility of the PyeongChang Games.

Over the past four months, POCOG has evaluated the suitability and feasibility of the Manual by relentlessly gathering valuable input from various stakeholders, such as IPC officials, athletes and sports fans with impairment and special authorized architects.

The main contents of the ‘Accessibility Manual’ by POCOG include;

 Area Accessibility covering standards for overall facilities including pedestrian passages, parking areas, ramps, stairs and elevators, and also focuses on accommodation facilities such as bedrooms and bathrooms.
 Games Service Accessibility provides standards for various categories such as publication, communication and transportation, and also includes accessibility requirements that Gangwon Province and venue cities can refer to when improving accessibility for city infrastructure.

Starting this week, POCOG will utilize the ‘Accessibility Manual’ to prepare for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games by distributing it to relevant stakeholders including the Korean government, venue cities, Korean Paralympic Committee (KPC) and organizations for physically- impaired athletes.

With the completion of the Manual, POCOG this year will begin thorough accessibility inspection for the Games facilities, services and infrastructure to further accelerate its preparation to host a successful and accessible Games. POCOG also hopes to leave a legacy model of accessibility for Korea that can lead to a higher benchmark of accessibility for the entire nation.


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About POCOG

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) will host the XXIII edition of the Olympic Winter Games on 9-25 February 2018. Over 80 countries and 6,000 athletes are expected to take part in the first Olympic Winter Games to be held in Asia in 20 years. Seven sports comprising 15 disciplines will be on the official program.

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place on 9-18 March 2018, with approximately 50 countries and 690 athletes competing. Five sports are on the Paralympic program.

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Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Winter Olympics · Paralympics


Name: Pocog Press Office
Organization: PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
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Phone: 82333502197
URL: http://www.pyeongchang2018.com


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