PyeongChang Day in Sochi Olympic Park
09 Feb 2014
Sochi, Russia: IOC President Thomas Bach was the special guest at PyeongChang Day in PyeongChang House at Sochi Olympic Park on Sunday, February 9 - exactly four years to the day from the opening ceremony of the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in Korea in 2018. President Bach, who was joined by IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge and several other IOC members, said he was sure PyeongChang and Korea would deliver a great Winter Olympics in four years' time because "you know what the games are about."
"They are about the athletes, and you will deliver the best conditions for the athletes with regard to the venues and the Olympic Village," he said.
"You will use these four years to build a strong home team because a strong home team contributes to the success of the Olympic Games."
Addressing the Korean organisers, the German added: "The IOC will be at your side. You can rely on our support. Let us see the 'New Horizons' for PyeongChang and 'New Horizons' for the Olympic Movement."
Kim Jin-Sun, President of the POCOG organising committee, said the preparations were well under way with the IOC and International Federations of the winter sports on the programme.
"This year will be a turning point to move our Games preparation further forward. We will do everything in our power for the success of the Games and open up 'New Horizons' as we promised the IOC," he added, referring to the slogan.
Kim Jung-haeng, President of the Korean Olympic Committee, congratulated Sochi on the preparations and organisation of the Winter Olympics here and said he hoped PyeongChang 2018 would be as successful.
The toast to the success of PyeongChang2018 was made by Gunilla Lindberg, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission and IOC member.
A cultural performance followed, including a performance of the famous Gangnam Style song and dance that swept the world.
The 23rd Winter Games will take place from February 9-25, 2018. Over 80 countries and 6,000 athletes are expected to take part in the first Winter Olympics held in Asia in 20 years, since Nagano, Japan in 1998. Seven sports will be on the official programme comprising 15 disciplines.
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place right after the Olympics from March 9-18 with approximately 50 countries and 690 athletes competing. Five sports are on the Paralympic program that will take place in the Olympic venues.