PYEONGCHANG, Korea – The IOC Coordination Commission for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games had its second visit in the northeast of the Republic of Korea this week and praised the progress being made by the local organisers.
Among its members are IIHF President René Fasel and former U.S. women’s national team player Angela Ruggiero.
“We hope that the Games will spur the development of both male and female hockey in Korea and we hope that they can be part of the Olympic tournament in their home country,” said Fasel.
“Right now, the International Ice Hockey Federation places a major focus on Asian hockey – not only on Korea, but especially also on China and Japan.”
Following two days of meetings, the Commission, led by IOC Executive Board member Gunilla Lindberg, underlined some of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG)’s recent successes and looked positively on some of its upcoming milestones and planning.
Speaking at the end of the meeting, Commission Chair Lindberg commented: “We’ve once again seen good progress from PyeongChang 2018 and an excellent team effort from the Organising Committee, all levels of government, and the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC). Delivering the Olympic Games can be achieved successfully only by working as a single unit and our Korean colleagues have shown that unity once again on this visit. We have been impressed by their ability to collaborate closely – from the provision of skilled administrators at POCOG to the finalisation of the venue master plan – to ensure that these Games will be a success. The PyeongChang 2018 team is giving its all for the Olympians of 2018.”
Former ice hockey player and Olympic gold medal winner Angela Ruggiero (left) and IIHF President René Fasel (right) are among the members of the IOC Coordination Commission for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Photo: Minjae Kim
Among POCOG’s many successes over the last year, the Commission singled out the launch of PyeongChang 2018’s new emblem, the finalisation of the venue master plan, and the progress in defining venue legacies as areas of particular note.
The new emblem was launched on 3 May 2013 in Seoul and PyeongChang simultaneously, in front of a live audience of 2,000 people. The emblem’s ability to capture the culture of Korea and to reinforce PyeongChang’s vision of welcoming the world to its Games was highly appreciated by the Commission members. The new emblem has now been rolled out across all of PyeongChang’s communication’s channels, and is playing its part in inviting people to discover New Horizons.
The locations for all the sports venues for PyeongChang 2018 have now been defined and work is progressing rapidly on the design phase to ensure that all will be ready in time for the test events ahead of the Games. With four-and-a-half years remaining until the Olympic flame arrives in the country, POCOG is well-placed to ensure that the athletes have the best possible fields of play upon which to compete. The clustering of sports venues in Gangneung will also create many potential opportunities for an exciting spectator experience in 2018, which POCOG must now begin working on maximising.
The PyeongChang 2018 team and the Commission also agreed that while good progress was being made, some areas required additional efforts to ensure their success. These included finalising the accommodation inventory for the Games, in order to ensure that the supply matches as closely as possible the needs of the Games; getting the marketing programme fully under way; recruiting specialist members of the workforce, so as to maximise the transfer of knowledge that PyeongChang can profit from during its observation of the Sochi 2014 Games; and ensuring that a competitive home team will compete in all sports at the 2018 Winter Games.
– IIHF.com staff with files from the IOC