The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Debriefing of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games has begun in the next Olympic Winter Games host city of PyeongChang, in the Republic of Korea. The event was officially opened at a ceremony on Saturday night, which was addressed by the Chair of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Gunilla Lindberg; the Vice-Governor of Gangwon Province, Jeongsam Kim; the President of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko; the President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee, Jin-sun Kim; and the IOC’s Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli.
Speaking after the opening, Felli said, “As a major part of our Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM) programme, the debrief plays a crucial role in allowing future host and bidding cities to better understand the challenges and opportunities linked to organising the Olympic Games. These cities are able to hear directly from the main members of the previous Organising Committee in a more relaxed context than the other OGKM opportunities that happen while the Games are being delivered. This allows them to go into much greater detail about the different areas of Games organisation, but also to hear from experts, who have had a chance to reflect upon the big picture of their Games-time operations.”
He continued, “We’d like to thank President Kim and the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee for welcoming us here in the 2018 host city, as well as Dmitry Chernyshenko and the Sochi 2014 senior management team for sharing their knowledge. It is through events like these, and especially within the context of Olympic Agenda 2020, that we are able to assist future hosts in managing the cost and complexity of the Games, while improving the management of the Games, so that we can give the world’s athletes the best Olympic experience possible.”
The Debriefing will run from 29 June to 2 July, and will touch on all aspects of Games organisation through a combination of plenary and breakout sessions. The meetings will be organised around five main themes - how to create an attractive product; how to establish a strong governance model; how to engage with the stakeholders of the Olympic Movement; how to prepare the team for delivery; and how to deliver the Games - as well as one-to-one meetings on specific topics. The Debrief will involve over 400 people from the different host cities and Games stakeholders.