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  • IOC President Heads Back to Asia


    08/14/15

    POCOG chairman Yang-ho Cho in Kuala Lumpur (ATR)
    (ATR) Thomas Bach will seek assurances about PyeongChang 2018 preparations when he meets organizers in Seoul next week en route to Beijing.

    The IOC chief is scheduled to meet stakeholders from POCOG, officials from the Korean Olympic Committee, government representatives and sponsors during his Aug. 19 visit.

    Bach spoke with PyeongChang 2018 chairman Yang-ho Cho at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month.

    Cho told the IOC Executive Board and Session that preparations were on track for next February’s critical first test event, men’s World Cup downhill and Super-G races. He confirmed that the high speed train connecting Incheon Airport and PyeongChang would be ready in July 2017. Cho also said that POCOG was on course to reach 75 percent of its $850 million sponsorship revenue target by the end of 2015.

    Following Cho’s update to the IOC’s ruling body and general assembly, Bach praised progress in construction and marketing. Gunilla Lindberg leads the next full IOC Coordination Commission visit to PyeongChang in late September.

    Joint IOC-IAAF Meeting

    After his brief visit to Seoul,
    The Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang (Getty)
    Bach journeys to Beijing for a series of IOC meetings ahead of the IAAF world athletics championships.

    On Aug. 21, Bach convenes a meeting of the IOC Executive Board at the Hotel Intercontinental in Beijing. A joint meeting of the EB and IAAF Council is scheduled in the afternoon.

    The new IAAF president, who will be elected two days earlier – either Sebastian Coe or Sergey Bubka – will join Bach for an evening press conference.

    While in Beijing, Bach is also expected to meet with 2022 Winter Olympic organizers. The bid team is busy transitioning to an organizing committee two weeks after the Chinese capital secured the Games. Announcements are forthcoming on who will lead the effort. 

    Within the next few weeks, Bach will appoint the IOC Coordination Commission chair for Beijing 2022.

    The IOC president will catch some of the action at the IAAF worlds before heading back to Lausanne.

    Reported by Mark Bisson

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