From 13th-15th March 2017, FIS President Gian Franco Kasper and Secretary General Sarah Lewis were in PyeongChang (KOR) to attend the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Led by IOC member Gunilla Lindberg, the Commission has made seven previous trips to PyeongChang since 2012. Wrapping up its eighth visit, the Commission is confident that athletes and fans will have a unique Olympic Winter Games experience.
This season, 26 test events have been were scheduled in PyeongChang of which 17 have been concluded, including competitions in all six FIS Olympic disciplines. The Commission saw good progress in venue construction and received great feedback from the athletes at the test events completed so far.
During its stay, the Commission visited the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, the Alpensia Sliding Centre, the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, and the International Broadcast Centre, which are on track for delivery according to schedule. They also joined IOC President Thomas Bach and the IOC Executive Board members on a visit of the PyeongChang Olympic Village.
The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG) informed the group that it was making good progress with the post-Games planning for the competition venues, with 10 of the 12 venues now having confirmed detailed legacy plans. Another area that is also being closely followed is the development of knowledge and expertise, with great efforts being made by all parties involved in the Games to bring top-level experience to PyeongChang, in order to ensure the Games are organised at the highest level. This will offer local staff the opportunity to learn from the experts and raise the level of event and sport organisation in the region. This will also be true of the volunteers, who are currently going through a recruitment process and will begin their training as of April this year.
Ticket sales are underway in Korea and in many territories around the world, making this the best opportunity for fans to get tickets. The closeness of the different venues, as well as the Plaza and Park concepts, mean that PyeongChang will offer great opportunities for sports fans and those just discovering winter sports. To make sure that as many people as possible can discover PyeongChang and that the athletes can compete in front of packed stadiums, POCOG will be enhancing its promotional efforts, and especially those informing potential spectators about the different ways to enjoy and participate in the Games.
Meanwhile, the Commission looked at all areas of Games preparations, including athletes, sport, National Olympic Committees, spectators, media, marketing and the Paralympic Games, and reviewed details that are still to be settled in the coming months.
The next and final visit of the IOC’s Coordination Commission will take place in late August.
For the next two days the IOC Executive Board, of which Gian Franco Kasper is a member, will convene in PyeongChang.