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IOC Expects PyeongChang to ‘Deliver a Successful Games’ in 2018

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From left: Claudia Bach, wife of IOC President Thomas Bach; POCOG President, Lee Hee-beom; and IOC President, Thomas Bach; along with PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots. Photo: PyeongChang 2018 © POCOG

PyeongChang has been confirmed to “deliver a successful Games” as the IOC Coordination Commission concluded its ninth and last visit to the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

“Over the course of our three-day visit, PyeongChang’s readiness to host the Olympic Winter Games 2018 was highlighted. We saw first-hand the advances that have been made on venues and infrastructure, as well as heard updates on plans to further engage with Olympic fans,” said the commission’s chair Gunilla Lindberg, not without stating that “details must continue to be refined in the coming months.”

“With all permanent venues complete or nearing completion, in addition to focusing on operational readiness PyeongChang 2018 will now ramp up its promotional activities, with the second phase of ticket sales starting next week, and the Olympic Torch Relay set to begin in just over two months,” says an IOC press release, with Lee Hee-beom, President of the POCOG organizing committee being quoted as saying: “We are now just 162 days away from the start of the Olympic Winter Games and working to put the important finishing touches to the Games. We are listening, and we are responding to all of our stakeholders and taking all the feedback and advice from the sessions this week. We want to make these the best Winter Games ever and showcase Korea to the world as a global leader in sports and as the new hub for winter sports in Asia.”

Representatives of four National Olympic Committees, all seven Olympic Winter International Federations, the TOP partners and Korean government officials were also on site during the Coordination Commission visit to provide their feedback, helping to ensure the Olympic Winter Games offer spectators and athletes the best environment possible. This continues their strong support for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, which has already greatly benefited the work of the Organizing Committee.

This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.

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