04 Feb 2018
After convening for two days in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) congratulated the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018 (POCOG) on its excellent work as the 9 February Opening Ceremony draws near.
“We can see POCOG working at full speed. The stage is set. There are always some details to be finalised, but overall the state of preparations is really extraordinary. This is thanks to a very motivated team in POCOG, but we all also owe a great thank-you to those workers who have to work out there in cold, even deep into the night, to make the latest adjustments to the venues and the fields of play,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.
Looking beyond PyeongChang, the EB approved the more than 100 measures that will be submitted to the upcoming IOC Session, which will lead to the biggest savings in the history of the Olympic Games. As part of the recommendations from Olympic Agenda 2020, they represent a fundamental rethink in the delivery of the Games. The measures will be released and further information will be made available following the formal presentation to the Session.
“We started this rethinking by simplifying the candidature process, and we have had very positive feedback from National Olympic Committees and Interested Cities that are considering candidatures for 2026,” explained Bach. “This has encouraged us to take the same approach for the organisation of the Games. To put it in a nutshell, this new norm has the potential for savings of one billion US dollars for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and 500 million US dollars for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The future of the Youth Olympic Games was also the subject of discussion. The Board decided to propose to the Session that the next edition, in 2022, takes place in Africa, with the goal of electing a host city at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, in October. If the proposal is approved, the IOC will proactively contact a number of African National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to evaluate the feasibility of this approach.