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The latest speaker to confirm his participation at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event is Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee.

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 wrapped up its sixth visit confident that PyeongChang 2018 is moving in the right direction as Games preparations intensify in the final two years.

 

At a closing news conference with PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG), President Yang-ho Cho, and Coordination Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg, expressed their satisfaction with the construction progress at competition venues and congratulated Games organisers for the success of early test events.

The first round of recent test events — the Alpine World Cup, the Snowboard World Cup and the Freestyle Ski World Cup — won praise from athletes and positive reviews from technical experts. The number of events and the workload for PyeongChang 2018 will soon increase dramatically, with 24 test events set for the next winter sports season.

The first test event, the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating, is scheduled for December at the new Gangneung Ice Arena.

Coordination Commission Chair, Ms Lindberg, said:

There is still a lot of work to do, but PyeongChang 2018 is on track to deliver great Olympic Winter Games for Korea and the world. We are pleased with what we have seen and heard during our visit.

POCOG President Cho said:

This Coordination Commission meeting has been a very productive few days for all of us, sharing constructive feedback and expertise.  As we move into the critical operational phase of the Games, I would like to thank the IOC and International Federations for their continued guidance and support. The strong partnership that we share is instrumental to our success.”

As we have seen with our first test events, our continued cooperation is essential to hosting great Games. With our close cooperation, we will ensure great Olympics and Paralympics in 2018.  

The Coordination Commission’s three-day visit (14-16 March) included a series of venue visits and discussions with POCOG on all aspects of Games preparations, including the athlete experience, legacy planning, sustainability and transport, as well as plans for the Paralympic Games.

Aware that the Rio 2016 Games are fast approaching, POCOG presented its plan to establish the PyeongChang House in Rio de Janeiro during the Games. The facility will showcase winter sports and PyeongChang’s Games preparations.

The visit confirmed that construction on the Ice Arena and other competition venues remains on schedule. The Coordination Commission also noted the strong and growing commercial support for the Games.

Before leaving PyeongChang, the Commission Chair joined a signing ceremony for the newest PyeongChang 2018 partner, Lotte, a partner for department and duty free stores. With the signing, PyeongChang 2018 has reached nearly 70 per cent of its sponsorship goals. 

Our second Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition took place last week at the Singapore National Stadium. The 17th for Stadia & Arena, the event was hailed a “really great conference” providing “invaluable contacts” for those involved.

“I was impressed with the operation … and enjoyed the experience immensely. Best of luck with 2016.”
Jason Hill
Sydney Cricket Ground

“A great experience … to meet a lot of people in this industry.”
Masa Hayafuji
J-League

Literally billions of dollars’ worth of global sports venue projects were represented at the event, including groups currently involved in new major sports projects around the region. Those included Sports City Malaysia (hosts of the 2017 SEA Games), the Cambodia National Stadium, Haryana Cricket Stadium, Kai Tak Stadium Hong Kong in addition to global venue operators and facility managers. Developers behind major new sports projects in Australia, China and New Zealand were also in attendance.

The event began with exclusive ‘behind-the-scene’ tours of the Singapore Sports Hub, followed by our 50+ industry elite speaker sessions covering all aspects of sports venue design, operations, revenue generation and fan engagement.

The event finale gave all visitors the chance to hear from Wing Tan, Senior Facilitator at the Disney Institute on ‘overmanaging’ and ‘architected’ or attend a special local site tour to learn about artificial turf maintenance from SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau.

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On the exhibition floor, attendees had the opportunity to network and meet with experts across the entire spectrum of products and services, many of whom where exhibiting in Asia for the first time.

With the Asia Pacific region playing host to the 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup, and both the 2020 Summer & Winter Olympics, plans are already well underway to host Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 in Japan.

So please watch this space for details…


A comprehensive review of Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 will be available in the 4th quarter/Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management available later this year.

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