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IOC President Thomas Bach praises Olympic Village construction ahead of Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

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Location: Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea

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Story Headline: IOC President Thomas Bach praises Olympic Village construction ahead of Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

Location: PyeongChang Olympic Village, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea

Date: 15th March 2017

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IOC President Thomas Bach praised ‘great progress’ on the 2018 Winter Olympic Village as he toured the site in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea today.

After meeting local construction workers, Bach said:

“I think it will be an excellent village. I’ve seen the progress since being here last time just six months ago. The apartments are looking friendly and spacious and I was happy to hear from the athletes accompanying me here that they also feel very comfortable.”

Joined on his visit by a selection of Olympic athletes, including US skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender, Bach added:

“PyeongChang 2018 has all the ingredients to be an excellent Games for the athletes, with the compact venues, with the great Olympic Village, so I’m really looking forward to the 9th of February when the Games will start here”.

The skeleton athletes have been taking part in a test event at the Alpensia Sliding Centre – one of 17 that have been successfully held so far.

The Olympic Village in PyeongChang is one of two Villages that will house athletes during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and will house competitors who compete on snow and at the sliding centre – comprising disciplines ranging from skiing and biathlon to bobsled and luge.

Already 55 per cent complete, all the units have already been sold to private buyers once the 2018 Games are over.

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