Fifth IOC Coordination Commission visit begins in PyeongChang
The fifth visit of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 got underway today (22 September) with a ground-breaking ceremony at the PyeongChang Olympic Village, as well as a visit to some of the other mountain venues.
Chaired by IOC Executive Board member Gunilla Lindberg, the Commission will be hearing from the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG), led by its President Yang-ho Cho, about the progress made since the last full visit of the Commission in March this year. The Commission will also be looking to understand POCOG’s up-coming plans, especially with the first two Games test events coming up early next year.
During their visit, the Commission members will look at a number of different areas of POCOG’s work, including services to the athletes, National Olympic Committees, International Federations, spectators and the media; sport; marketing; legacy; test events; pre-Games operations; technology; and the Paralympic Games. The Commission will also be joined during this meeting by representatives of the seven winter International Federations, who are working closely with POCOG on the sport-specific aspects of the Games preparations.
PyeongChang was elected as the host city for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa on 6 July 2011. PyeongChang won the vote against the cities of Annecy (France) and Munich (Germany). PyeongChang defeated Munich and Annecy in the first round of voting, by 63 votes to 25 and 7 respectively.
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will play host to the seven Olympic Winter sports currently on the Olympic programme, and will run from 9 to 25 February 2018.