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IOC team to visit PyeongChang over 2018 Olympics bid

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) plans to conduct an on-site inspection of a South Korean city seeking to host the 2018 Winter Olympics later this week, officials said Sunday.

The IOC's 14-member team, led by Sweden's Gunilla Linberg, is scheduled to arrive at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, at around 12:40 p.m. on Monday for a week-long stay, they added.

The team will assess PyeongChang's preparations as a candidate venue.

"We have made thorough preparations to the detail so that the evaluation team can get deep impressions from its entry (into South Korea) through its departure," said Cho Yang-ho, head of PyeongChang's bidding committee.

The committee wrapped up its final rehearsals Sunday covering presentations on 17 topics, including PyeongChang's Winter Olympics vision and facilities.

The IOC delegation plans to hold a news conference on Friday, a day ahead of its departure.

This is the third straight bid by PyeongChang, about 180 kilometers east of Seoul, to host the world's biggest winter sports festival. It was beaten by Vancouver, Canada, and Sochi, Russia, in its two previous bids.

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IOC inspection on PyeongChang under way with presentations

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb. 16 (Yonhap) -- The on-site evaluation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on PyeongChang, a South Korean alpine town bidding for the 2018 Winter Olympics, began Wednesday with bid officials' presentations over eight different topics.

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All presentations during the IOC visit this week will be held behind closed doors. The topics Wednesday covered PyeongChang's Olympic vision, its venues and accommodations, transportation and environment.

Presenters included Kang Kwang-bae, former South Korean Olympic bobsledder, luger and skeleton racer and currently vice president of international affairs at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, and Kim So-hee, an Olympic gold medal-winning short track speed skater for South Korea.

Before the presentations began, Lindberg, former vice president of the IOC, and the rest of her team were greeted by Cho Yang-ho, head of the PyeongChang bidding committee; Park Yong-sung, chairman of the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC); and Choung Byoung-gug, South Korea's minister of culture, sports and tourism. Under the IOC regulations, the IOC team is prohibited from speaking with media until the press conference on Saturday.

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