24 Jul 2015
An International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegation led by the Chair of the IOC’s Coordination Commission, Gunilla Lindberg, has completed its fifth Project Review visit to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games host city of PyeongChang. During its two days of meetings (23 and 24 July) the group had a full programme comprising working meetings - where they were briefed on areas of Games preparations including venues, governance, workforce, marketing and technology - and venue visits.
Speaking at the conclusion of the meeting, Chair Lindberg said: “We had a very good fifth Project Review visit to PyeongChang. We could see that the Organising Committee, under Chairman Cho’s leadership, is fully focused on its first test events, as it transitions from being a planning organisation to one that must deliver operationally. We also visited the Bokwang and Jeongseon venues, where next year’s test events will be held, as well as the Alpensia Sliding Centre. The quality of the construction work at all three sports venues underlined Korea’s well-deserved reputation in this field.”
The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG) explained during the meeting how its workforce is evolving, as it moves into its delivery phase. The IOC delegation was happy with the growth in staffing that POCOG is planning in order to deal with this new role. In addition, the visit coincided with the signing of another top-tier domestic partner for POCOG, which confirmed the interest and support for the Games by the Korean business community. Chair Lindberg also meet with Gangwon Governor Moon-soon Choi during her stay.
POCOG President and CEO Yang-ho Cho commented: “We had very productive meetings and I am pleased that since the last Coordination Commission visit in March, we have made good progress in preparing for PyeongChang 2018. Now we are making utmost efforts and working closely with the International Federations to successfully deliver the first test events, which are only six months away, making headway with sponsorships with new signings, and cooperating with all stakeholders including the IOC, Central Government and Gangwon Province to ensure a successful Winter Games.”
He added: "I appreciate the continued support of Chair Lindberg and the International Olympic Committee, and we will move ahead to reach operational readiness, as well as increase our communication with the local and international audience."
POCOG presented a number of its communications and engagement initiatives during the two days. It was felt that these proposals would certainly allow the 2018 Olympic Winter Games to further engage with the Korean population and help to promote the Games around the world.
The Project Review meetings are technical visits to the host city, which are attended by the Coordination Commission Chair and IOC staff, and serve as interim updates between full Coordination Commission visits. The next update to the IOC will be POCOG’s presentations to the IOC Executive Board and Session next week in Kuala Lumpur, with the next Coordination Commission visit scheduled for September.