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The new uniform and torch are on display at the G-1 celebration.
Torch, uniforms and ticket details mark G-1 to PyeongChang 2018


09 Feb 2017
Gangneung, Korea, February 9, 2017: PyeongChang 2018 unveiled the torch, the uniform for torch-bearers and ticket details for the next Winter Olympics at a press conference to celebrate G-1 on Thursday: Games minus one year. The press conference took place at the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung Olympic Park, where the ice events will be held during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics from February 9-25, 2018.

In his introduction, the President of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG), Mr Lee Hee Beom, said the G-1 event would trigger a major build-up to the Games. He also said the era of the Olympics in Asia was now under way, as PyeongChang 2018 will be followed by Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022.

There will be seven sports, 15 disciplines and 102 events at PyeongChang 2018, with 10 snow events in PyeongChang and five ice events at Gangneung. A total of 1.07 million tickets will be on sale from Thursday, in three stages, with revenue forecast of 175 billion Korean Won (150 million USD). Seventy per cent of the tickets will be sold domestically, with 30 per cent overseas.

Tickets will be as low as 20,000 Won for some sessions, but the average will be 140,000 Won – lower than Sochi 2014 and Vancouver 2010, according to the organisers. Fifty percent of the tickets will be less than 80,000 Won. The target is full stadiums, and, to try and ensure this, organisers will make tickets available at kiosks on the day of the event – the third phase of sales.

President Lee said: “We have added six new events to the 2018 Winter Olympics, so the total of 102 gold medals will be the biggest in the Winter Games. We had a record number of National Olympic Committees at the recent Chef de Mission Seminar and we are hoping for the largest number of athletes participating.

“In addition, we have secured 89.5 per cent of the sponsorship goals when the target was 90 per cent.” On the subject of DPR Korea taking part, President Lee said everyone who “loves peace and promotes peace” can participate, and he said he did not believe that tensions on the Korean peninsula were becoming more severe. A one-year countdown cultural performance will close the G-1 festivities.
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