23 Sep 2015
An important milestone in the preparations for PyeongChang Winter Games was reached on 22 September, as the local organising committee POCOG staged a ceremony to break ground on the construction site for the Olympic Village.
Among those attending the ceremony was POCOG President Yang-ho Cho, Chair of IOC Coordination Commission for PyeongChang Gunilla Lindberg, along with various IOC Coordination Commission members and the Mayor of PyeongChang City.
Located in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster, the Village will be built on the site of the 42,000m2 Yongpyong Dome, drawing on investment from a private company, the Yongpyong Resort.
Conceived using eco-friendly principles and with maximum accessibility at the heart of the design, accommodation in the village will take the form of multi-functional resort type apartments in order to provide an athlete-oriented environment. Once the complex is completed in September 2017, it will be ready to house some 3,500 athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games.
With legacy planning very much at the heart of the concept for PyeongChang, after the Games, the Olympic Village will be used to bolster the city’s housing stock, with individual units sold off to members of the local community.
Speaking during the ceremony, POCOG President Yang-ho Cho said: “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 was confident that the new Village would fully live up to expectations. “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,” she said.
“I would like to congratulate the PyeongChang Organising Committee, the local authorities and the developer for their hard work on this important project,” added Lindberg. “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.”