PyeongChang Residents Welcome the IOC Evaluation Commission with Open Arms
On the way to Yongpyong Resort in PyeongChang, the commission’s limousine stopped at the “Dream Tree,” where citizens wrote numerous messages of support on ribbons to hang on the tree.
The Chairman of the Evaluation Commission, IOC Vice-President Chiharu Igaya said: “I am delighted to visit the beautiful city of PyeongChang and really appreciate the enthusiastic welcome from all the residents.”
The evaluation of outdoor venues is scheduled to begin on 15 February. A total of 1,500 flags and 2,014 balloons will be displayed throughout Jungbong and 50 skiers will conduct a ski demonstration at the Alpine Ski venue.
On 16 February, the commission will move to Gangneung, the venue city for ice sports. In a show of support, residents will be wearing the traditional clothing of each IOC member’s country on the route to Gangneung.
The evaluation commission will complete its visit to PyeongChang on 17 February and over 5,000 people are expected to participate to create a human belt 2014m long stretching from Yongpyong Resort to the Hyeonggye Interchange.
Kim Jin-sun, Governor of Gangwon Province and Executive President of the 2014 PyeongChang Bid Committee said: “In order to win the right to host the 2014 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang will need the full support of all local residents and Korean citizens. I sincerely hope that their support and passion will be effectively delivered to the commission, leading to a successful evaluation visit that will lay the foundation stone for a successful bid.”