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Pyeongchang Olympic Village construction completed on Friday and prepares to welcome athletes

Pyeongchang Olympic Village construction completed on Friday and prepares to welcome athletes


Pyeongchang is getting ready to welcome competitors
and spectators from around the world The organizers are putting the final touches
on various key facilities, including the Olympic Village, where athletes will stay. Lee Ji-won files this report from the host
city. As one of the last venues to be completed
for the upcoming Winter Games, the Pyeongchang Olympic Village was unveiled to the press
on Friday. Authorities from the Olympic host province
of Gangwon-do and the culture ministry participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate
two-and-a-half years of work. The village is where some 3-thousand 9-hundred
snow sports athletes competing at Pyeongchang venues will be staying during next year’s
Winter Games. There are a total of 8 apartment blocks, each
up to 15th floors tall. (Standup)
“This is one of the three types of houses in the village. Each type differs in size and design. This is the largest house.. with 2 bathrooms
and 5 bedrooms. It can house up to 8 athletes.” As the houses have been rented for the Olympic
season, and must be returned to their owners undamaged,… kitchen facilities have been
wrapped for safe keeping. But the facilities team has worked hard to
make the village a ‘home away from home’ for the athletes. (Korean)
“There are all sorts of services provided in the village. We set up temporary facilities such as a laundry
room, prayer room, hair salon and even a residence center where the athletes can ask for help. And for the Paralympics athletes, we will
add more facilities like wheelchair ramps to support them.” The village will start hosting athletes from
around the world starting February next year. On Thursday, the Media village located in
Gangneung, further east from Pyeongchang was also unveiled for the first time. Housing some 6-thousand foreign media and
marketing clients, the village will be partly open from mid-January. The organizing committee is putting the final
touches on the Olympic venues and will now start further concentrating on welcoming the
visitors. (Korean)
“With the construction of the Olympic venues now technically completed,… we will now
focus on promotion, ticket sales and improving services to host a successful Olympics and
Paralympics for the athletes and visitors.” The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics
will be held from February 9th to March 18th in Korea’s northeastern cities of Pyeongchang
and Gangneung. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News, Pyeongchang.

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