PYEONGCHANG, July 5, 2012 - As a testament to the swift
progress that has been made in the year since winning the right to host the
2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee
(POCOG) has today announced some of POCOG's main achievements over the period,
as well as improved venue plans, which are expected to add to the compact
nature and festive mood of the Games.
"Since bringing the Winter
Games to Korea last year, we have laid the foundations and the road map for the
successful hosting of the Games in accordance with our vision of transforming
Gangwon Province into a winter tourism hub in East Asia," said POCOG
President Jin Sun Kim.
"In the past year, the
PyeongChang Organizing Committee has been established, a Special Act was
approved to support preparation works, the ground for the
Wonju-PyeongChang-Gangneung high-speed rail link was broken, and the designing
of the competition venues has begun," added President Kim.
With regard to the improvements
to the venue masterplan, President Kim noted that following a review by POCOG,
which included input from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the
International Federations (IFs), and other stakeholders, as well as some local
residents and organizations, it had been decided to make some adjustments in
order to improve the overall Games experience.
"The adjustments are
inevitable in order to deliver the athlete- and Games-oriented concept that we
had promised in the bid," said the president.
Among the improvements are the
changes in locations of the Opening and Closing ceremonies, the Speed Skating
and Ice Hockey II venues, as well as the Olympic Station. Furthermore, the
sites for the downhill events, Ice Hockey I and snowboarding have been
confirmed after detailed reviews.