13 December 2014
Head of the 2018 Olympic Games Organizing Committee Cho Yang-ho: “It is our wish to have all events staged in Pyeongchang, Gangneung and Jeongseon”
President of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games Cho Yang-ho said that all competitions of the 2018 Winter Games will be held in the Republic of Korea as previously planned, downplaying reports that talks had taken place on switching sliding events to Japan, – TASS reported.
After adopting a new a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement until 2020 at the 127th session in Monaco, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach said that the IOC intends to hold a meeting with the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games to discuss the need to move part of the competitions away from South Korea. It is to be recalled that the new rules allow to organise events not only outside the host city, but also outside the host country.
The head of the 2018 Games Organizing Committee suggested that would be difficult for Pyeongchang to agree to move part of the events to another country, given that construction for all competition venues is already in progress.
“We will study the options once we receive more detailed information from the IOC, but for now it is our wish to have all events staged in Pyeongchang, Gangneung and Jeongseon as per our original bid plan accepted by the IOC,” – said Cho Yang-ho.
The head of the 2018 Winter Games Organizing Committee added that “they will continue to work on Pyeongchang Games preparations in close cooperation with the IOC.”