IOC 'very confident' of successful PyeongChang games, but concerns over legacy
The International Olympic Committee is “very confident” that PyeongChang will stage a successful winter Olympic Games next February, following the conclusion of the ninth and final visit to the city by its co-ordination commission.
However, the commission expressed some remaining concerns over post-games plans, commenting that “despite legacies being identified in the bid and different options being presented over the past seven years, the definitive legacy use for several venues is still outstanding. The IOC has once again requested that final plans be presented as a priority.”
During its visit, the commission heard reports on areas such as athlete and national Olympic committee services, sport and international federations, spectator experience, the Paralympic Games, marketing, venues, communications and engagement, and legacy.
Legacy site visits included the Gangneung Olympic Village, which will house approximately 1,000 athletes during the winter Olympics and the new high-speed train station at Jinbu, which will connect Seoul to the Alpensia mountain region and Gangneung coastal areas.
The IOC said in a statement: “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.
“Both of these important programmes are expected to heighten media and public attention for the Games, while rights-holders’ and partners’ campaigns showcasing the Games will also start to get under way.”
Gunilla Lindberg, chair of the co-ordination commission (pictured), said: “Over the course of our three-day evaluation 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. While details must continue to be refined in the coming months, it was evident that the Organising Committee is well on its way to delivering successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”