POSTED: Tuesday September 22nd 2015
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PyeongChang 2018 breaks ground on the construction of the Olympic & Paralympic Village

Gunilla Lindberg, IOC Executive Board Member and head of the Coordination Commission / POCOG
Gunilla Lindberg, IOC Executive Board Member and head of the Coordination Commission / POCOG

The Coordination Commission on tour / POCOG
The Coordination Commission on tour / POCOG

The groundbreaking with the Coordination Commission / POCOG
The groundbreaking with the Coordination Commission / POCOG

PYEONGCHANG, Sep 22- The PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) announces that on September 22, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to launch the construction of the Olympic & Paralympic Village at the construction site with numerous key officials in attendance. POCOG President Yang-ho Cho, Chair of IOC Coordination Commission for PyeongChang 2018 Gunilla Lindberg, IOC Coordination Commission members, Mayor of PyeongChang City, President of Yongpyong Resort and all related stakeholders were present.

This construction project will be carried out at the site of the 42,000m2 Yongpyong Dome located in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster and will be built with an investment by a private company, the Yongpyong Resort. The village has been designed as multi-functional resort type apartments in order to provide an athlete-oriented environment while ensuring an eco-friendly atmosphere with maximized accessibility. Once the construction is completed in September 2017, it is expected to accommodate some 3,500 athletes that will be attending the Games. The PyeongChang Olympic Village will also be used as the PyeongChang Paralympic Village.

After Games time, the PyeongChang Olympic Village will be sold in individual blocks to the public and this decision will create a legacy for the local community and save POCOG more than USD $8.5 million dollars. With the construction of the PyeongChang Olympic Village, both the population and income will grow in PyeongChang City and Gangwon Province, and this will help boost the local economy and winter sports tourism.

POCOG President Yang-ho Cho commented at the ceremony "POCOG is committed to building a Village that will provide the best environment for athletes so they can be in optimal condition for their competition. POCOG also wants it to be as comfortable as they are at home where they can relax and enjoy meeting fellow athletes from around the world."

IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg said, "The Olympic Village is the heart of the Olympic Games. It is a special place where athletes from around the world come together to prepare and celebrate in peace and harmony under the Olympic values. I would like to congratulate the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee, the local authorities and the developer for their hard work on this important project. I am confident that this Village will be a good facility for the athletes and I know that President Cho and his team will spare no effort to deliver the best conditions and services possible for those Olympians staying here in 2018. I wish everyone involved in this project good luck. "

POCOG will endeavor to support in every possible way the cooperation with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the on-time completion of the PyeongChang Olympic Village.

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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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