PyeongChang 2018 Technical Committee Meets

The Technical Committee for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games bid met Friday to review the bid’s technical plan ahead of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) evaluation commission’s visit to PyeongChang in February.

The technical committee is a group of 26 experts recommended by Korea’s seven winter sports federations who provide technical expertise in the areas of sports competition, environment, engineering and transport.

The committee reviewed key components of PyeongChang’s bid, including competition venues, transport, the Olympic Village, the Media Village, and the environment, by examining finalized floor plans, detailed technical drawings and the draft bid book.

The group made several observations. PyeongChang has developed significant winter sports infrastructure as highlighted by the completion of the biathlon, cross country and ski jumping venues, which meet international competition standards.

The design for the new ice rinks allows for a section of the spectator stand to be removed, providing greater flexibility for venue use once the Games are over.

The new high-speed railway between Seoul and Gangneung that is guaranteed by the Korean government, will connect Seoul and PyeongChang in just 50 minutes.

Yang ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of PyeongChang 2018 said, “we will listen carefully to their opinions and prepare thoroughly to showcase the best of PyeongChang to the IOC Evaluation Committee next February, including our excellent venues and the new railway”.