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IOC President arrives in PyeongChang on new high-speed railway

Date : 31 Jan 2018

PyeongChang, Korea, January 30, 2018: IOC President Thomas Bach arrived in the 2018 Winter Olympics host city of PyeongChang on Tuesday and was greeted at Jinbu Station by organising committee President Lee Hee-beom. “It is a great pleasure finally arriving here and to look forward to these Olympic Winter Games with great anticipation,” said President Bach.

“The stage is set. You see the athletes arriving.  You see the snow coming. Everything is falling into place now and we can look forward to great sport. “The Korean people know that the world is looking at Korea, and that people all over the world are enthusiastic about the news from Korea."

The IOC President took the newly built KTX high-speed railway, which connects Incheon International Airport and Seoul with PyeongChang and Gangneung, where the ice sports will take place. The new line is one of the legacies of the Winter Games as it opens up the region to more people from around the country and to further economic development. 

To get a feeling for the atmosphere ahead of the Games, President Bach made his first visit to the athletes of Korea, who were training in a gym in PyeongChang. Taking selfies and encouraging them to strive for their goals, he told them: "Keep working hard - but don’t forget it is also fun."

The IOC Executive Board will meet on February 3-4 before the 132nd IOC Session takes place on February 6-7. The Winter Olympics will run from February 9-25.




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