Pyeongchang dismisses sliding events switch

Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:10pm EST
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By Peter Rutherford

SEOUL (Reuters) - Pyeongchang has no plans to move Winter Olympics competitions away from the South Korean alpine town, the 2018 organizing committee said on Friday, downplaying reports that talks had taken place on switching sliding events to Japan.

Sources told Reuters at the recent International Olympic Committee session in Monaco that Pyeongchang organizers (POCOG) had held discussions with the luge and bobsleigh/skeleton federations about the possibility of the switch.

The IOC voted at its session to allow host cities to move events to other towns, or countries, breaking with the tradition of keeping the Games in one location and fuelling speculation Pyeongchang could take advantage of the change.

However, POCOG said in a statement that all the events would take place as originally set out in its bid.

POCOG President Cho Yang-ho said that while the hosting changes could benefit the Olympic Movement "... it will be difficult to apply those recommendations to our plans at this stage, given that construction for all competition venues is already in progress.

"We will study the options once we receive more detailed information from the IOC, but for now it is our wish to have all events staged in Pyeongchang, Gangneung and Jeongseon as per our original bid plan accepted by the IOC.

"We are developing solid legacy plans for post-Games use of the venues, as well as measures to control costs, and will continue to work on Games preparations in close cooperation with the IOC."


Yang-ho Cho, PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic bid Chairman delivers a statement after their presentation to the International Olympic Committee members at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne in this file photo taken on May 18, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse