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PyeongChang 2018 Briefs Diplomatic Missions in Korea, Offers Tour of Host and Venue Cities

30 May 2014
Pyeongchang, Gangwon: On Thursday, May 29, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games (POCOG) held a special event at the Alpensia Convention Center, inviting high-level representatives of foreign missions stationed in the Republic of Korea in order to brief them on the progress of PyeongChang’s Games preparation as well as the International Dignitary Program and the Dream Programme.

In his welcome remark, POCOG President Jin-sun Kim said, “PyeongChang’s preparation is on track. We’re putting forth a lot of effort into creating a festival-like atmosphere during Games Time by highlighting characteristics of the host region. I’d like to ask for your support and also wish that you (ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions) be part of our journey.”

The briefing was attended by ambassadors and deputy officials of 30 countries, including winter sports powerhouses like Austria, Norway, Finland, Germany and Canada, as well as Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia and Thailand. (*A full list of the participating countries can be found at the end of this article.)

Following the briefing, all participants were taken on a tour of the host and venue cities, PyeongChang and Gangneung, to get a first-hand look at the Games preparation and the compact venue concept.

* List of Participating Countries (in alphabetical order)

1. Australia
2. Austria
3. Belarus
4. Brazil
5. Bulgaria
6. Canada
7. China
8. Cote d’Iviore
9. Finland
10. France
11. Germany
12. Italy
13. Japan
14. Kazakhstan
15. Malaysia
16. Nepal
17. Netherlands
18. Nigeria
19. Norway
20. Paraguay
21. Russia
22. Saudi Arabia
23. South Africa
24. Sweden
25. Switzerland
26. Thailand
27.  (The) United Kingdom
28. (The) United States of America
29. Uruguay
30. Venezuela
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