PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Villages are Open.Olympic Games News
Date : 04 Feb 2018
PyeongChang, Korea, February 1, 2018: The two Olympic Villages officially opened on Thursday with a special ceremony held simultaneously in both PyeongChang and Gangneung. The PyeongChang Olympic Village will house more than 3,500 athletes and officials in the mountain cluster, while the Gangneung Olympic Village will be the residence of more than 2,400 athletes and officials in the coastal cluster.
Senior members of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee were joined at both events by VIPs from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Gangwon Province, Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (KOC), sponsors and other local dignitaries.
POCOG President Lee Hee-beom said: “Construction began on both residences back in 2015, and to see our first athletes now making themselves at home here is a very proud moment for us all. “We hope that all athletes and officials living here, and in Gangneung, will feel comfortable and well cared for, and make many happy memories along the way.”
The Mayor of the PyeongChang Olympic Village is IOC member Ryu Seung-min, who won table tennis gold at the 2004 Athens Games and is an Athletes’ Commission member for KOC. The Mayor of the Gangneung Olympic Village is Kim Ki-hoon, the first Korean to win a gold medal at an Olympic Winter Games in Albertville 1992 for short track speed skating. The Main Dining Hall will operate around the clock and offer 450 food items on the buffet-style menu.
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