Winter Olympic Games Update – Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018

Preparations for Sochi 2014 are on track while PyeongChang 2018 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ended a successful orientation seminar.

Work is expected to be completed on the Sochi 2014 venues by the end of 2011. Most of the venues are to host international events at the beginning of 2012, and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy was confident that the athletes would be impressed, following a recent visit to Sochi.

He said, “I am confident that the world’s winter athletes will be impressed when they arrive in Sochi for the up-coming sports events and the Games in 2014. The entire Sochi 2014 team deserves great praise for their achievements over the past six months”.

Meanwhile a delegation from the IOC ended a two-day orientation seminar Wednesday led by Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for PyeongChang 2018, Gunilla Lindberg, and Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli.

The group spoke to PyeongChang 2018 about the management of the Games and the key milestones that occur during the lifecycle of an organizing committee, and also laid out the framework of partnership that will guide preparations for the next seven years, outlining some best practices from previous Olympics.

Lindberg said, “we are excited to be here so soon after PyeongChang was awarded the right to host the 2018 Games. Our Games Management process helps cities to get up and running quickly and effectively, which is highly beneficial because, as PyeongChang will discover, the seven years between now and the Games will go by rapidly”.

She added, “we were pleased with the presence of all levels of government during our visit”.

PyeongChang 2018 at the orientation seminar was headed by bid committee Chairman Yang Ho Cho, and included Korean Olympic Committee President Y.S., Park.

Yang Ho Cho said, “we are very happy to have welcomed Ms. Lindberg and the IOC representatives to PyeongChang again. As we wrap up the IOC orientation seminar, I feel we are off to a very good start. We are learning a great deal from the IOC’s expertise and experience, and the information we have received during this seminar will serve as the foundation for our preparations. For the next seven years we will work closely with the IOC and all of their guidance, counsel, and friendship will ensure that we host a successful Winter Games in 2018”.