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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. 

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3

Carioca Arena 3, which will host fencing, taekwondo and judo, is the first venue in the Barra Olympic Park to have its seating section completed – all 10,000 of the blue and green units.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

The seating installation team now move on to Carioca Arena 1, which will host basketball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, and then Carioca Arena 2, which will stage Olympic judo and wrestling, plus boccia during the Paralympic Games.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arenas

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arenas

The metallic roof of Carioca Arena 3 is complete and installation of the 285 wooden beams that will form part of its facade began in January. The sinuous aluminium sections that interlock between the beams are also being installed.

Tokyo wildcard sports

Venues in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games already push the envelope in terms of design and technology. An additional challenge for all concerned is that the Olympic Games allows a new sport to turn up at late notice. That sport may need a new venue.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has announced the shortlisted eight IOC-recognised International Federations (IFs) proposing events to be considered for inclusion at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

1. World Baseball Softball Confederation – WBSC

2. World Bowling – WB

3. World Karate Federation – WKF

4. International Roller Sports Federation – FIRS

5. International Federation of Sport Climbing – IFSC

6. World Squash Federation – WSF

7. International Surfing Association – ISA

8. International Wushu Federation – IWUF

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will make a decision on the event(s) to be proposed to the IOC in September 2015. The final decision, in line with the Olympic Charter, will be made at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016, providing just three years to develop an appropriate venue.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games successfully concluded its first visit to the 2020 Olympic host city of Tokyo (25-27 June).

IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates said:

We are very pleased with Tokyo 2020’s progress under the leadership of President Yoshiro Mori. The Organising Committee and its government partners have got off to a quick start and are putting in place solid foundations for the next six years of preparations.

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori commented:

With regard to the review of our venue plan, I informed the Coordination Commission that, based on such aspects as the kind of legacy we will leave, the impact of the Games on the lives of Tokyo residents and the cost of construction and maintenance of the venues, the Organising Committee will examine all issues closely and collaborate with the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and both domestic and international sports federations, to ensure the success of the Games.

As part of the visit, the Commission toured a number of the venues in the “Bay Zone” including the Velodrome, Gymnastic Centre, Tennis Park, Olympic Village, Tokyo Big Sight, Aquatics Centre, Wakasu Olympic Arena and Sea Forest venues. Four of Tokyo 2020’s venues are legacies from the 1964 Olympic Games, and another eight venues in Tokyo already exist.

The local organisers also took this opportunity to update the IOC on their on-going review of their bid plans, including the venues. This is based on a number of observations made in the IOC Evaluation Commission’s report. The review will not affect the core principles of the bid. The objective is to refine the legacy and operational assumptions of Tokyo’s plans. The Tokyo organisers are looking to ensure that their Games leave a sustainable long-term legacy to the host city and its citizens. The review is being carried out in cooperation with all the key national and international stakeholders.

Yoshihiro Kazawa from the Japan Sports Council will speak at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific in September.

IOC President calls for debate on the Olympic Agenda 2020

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On 13 March, IOC President, Thomas Bach, called on individual members from NOCs and IFs to make a direct contribution to the debate on the future of the Olympic Movement, urging them to add their voices to the discussions on the Olympic Agenda 2020 via email at:


The President also asked for members of the public who wanted to make a contribution to send their views to the IOC. The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2014. This follows a wide-ranging discussion at the 126th IOC Session in Sochi, where 211 members’ interventions addressed the future of the Olympic Movement. Working Groups are currently being set up to bring together the contributions.


Proposals for the Olympic Agenda 2020 will be presented for approval to the IOC Extraordinary Session in Monaco on 6 and 7 December 2014.


President Bach said: “It is important that we receive as many contributions as possible. I would particularly like to hear the individual views of members of our key stakeholders – the NOCs and the IFs. But, of course, we would welcome the views of members of the public who are interested in having a say in the future of the Olympic Movement. Every contribution is welcome.”



IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach is IAKS Congress patron

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Dr. Thomas Bach, the new President of the International Olympic Committee will be patron of the 23rd IAKS Congress on the Design, Construction, Modernization and Management of Sports and Leisure Facilities, Cologne, 22nd to 25th October 2013. The IAKS is the only non-profit organization concerned globally with the subject of sports and leisure facility development and has therefore been awarded the status of a Recognized Organization by the IOC.

Progression in inclusive design at the London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Games, A sustainable approach to a community centre, Developing new facilities for outdoor activities, are just three of the many topics on the agenda of this year’s IAKS Congress. The renowned IAKS event is being held parallel to the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports, and Pool Facilities in Cologne from 22nd to 25th October 2013. Seminars, workshops and exclusive interviews will again ensure that Cologne becomes an international meeting-place for everything to do with sports facilities, swimming pools, amenity areas and urban design.

IOC / IPC / IAKS Awards: decisions made but under wraps for now

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The jury session of the IOC / IPC / IAKS Awards has been completed and awards have been made. What we don’t know is which projects have come out on top. All will be revealed in an exhibition at the 23rd IAKS Congress in conjunction with the international trade fair “Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities“ (FSB) in Cologne 22-25 October 2013.

For the IOC/IAKS Award, IAKS received 97 submissions from 30 countries. 31 projects from these 97 are additionally competing for the IPC/IAKS Distinction. The IOC/IPC/IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals received 30 submissions from 20 countries.

23 projects were awarded as follows:

  • 3 IOC/IAKS Awards in Gold
  • 5 IOC/IAKS Awards in Silver
  • 12 IOC/IAKS Awards in Bronze
  • 3 IOC/IAKS Special Prizes

Five projects were awarded the prestigious IPC/IAKS Distinction for Accessibility. At the IOC/IPC/IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals 2013, one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze Medal were awarded.

The presentation of the IOC/IAKS Award and the IPC/IAKS Distinction will take place at the 23rd IAKS Congress in Cologne on 22 October 2013.

IAKS awards and Congress

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IAKS reports that the Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals organised by the IOC, IPC and IAKS has met with a good response. By the closing date of 30 April, students from all over the world, some of them collectively, submitted entries for the architecture award and the associated prize money. Most of the extremely creative designs came from Russia and Asia and presented projects concerned with sport in the urban environment.

The jury session is taking place 8-10 July in Cologne. The Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals will be presented during the 23rd IAKS Congress on 22 October 2013 in Cologne.

Experts from all over the world will be discussing the latest trends and best practices in sports facility construction at the 23rd IAKS Congress from the 22-25 October 2013 in Cologne, alongside the FSB exhibition.

IAKS is calling for papers on ‘future orientated topics regarding design, construction, modernisation or management of sports and leisure facilities’. Closing date is 1 July 2013.