IOC Begin Meetings to Discuss Staging Pyeongchang 2018

August 29, 2011

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), led by Sweden’s Gunilla Lindberg, have today started three-days of meetings with representatives from Pyeongchang 2018, to discuss the plans for staging the showcase event.

Recently appointed head of the IOC’s Coordination Commission, Lindberg and Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s Executive Director, travelled to the Alpensia Resort, the centerpiece of the 2018 Winter Games, from Daegu, where they had been attending the World Athletics Championships. 

The Orientation Seminar will be attended by more than 150 people expected to be involved in the organisation of the Games. 

The Korean Olympic Committee (KOC), led by President Y S Park, is also playing a leading role in the Seminar.

Lindberg said: “It’s a great pleasure to be back in Pyeongchang, as you begin life as an Olympic host city.

“Today, we embark on a journey together that will last nearly seven years, as we strive to organize the first ever Olympic Winter Games in the Republic of Korea.

“This Orientation Seminar is a key element in ensuring that the foundation upon which we construct·preparations for the Games is solid but from my experience with the Evaluation Commission and having seen the work of the Pyeongchang team, I am confident that we will deliver great Games in 2018.”

IOC President Jacques Rogge started with a video message on the first day of the Seminar and was followed by a Pyeongchang 2018 presentation on the vision, concept, legacy and future plans of their project.

The IOC then provided an overview of the Olympic Games lifecycle.

The Seminar is expected to carry on for two more days with the IOC presenting to Pyeongchang 2018 the Games Management Model across a number of functions including venues, planning, clients, commercial, marketing and communications, to start the South Korean heading in the right path.