WOA building on Rio success with one year to go to PyeongChang 2018

9 | 2 | 2017

With one year to go to PyeongChang 2018, the World Olympians Association (WOA) is stepping up its planning for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, looking at ways to enhance the experience of Olympians returning to the Games.

As part of its preparations WOA is developing ideas for a range of networking activities and events, as well as the return of its popular ticketing programme, for the benefit of Olympians of all ages, nations and sports who will be in PyeongChang for the Olympic Games. WOA is aiming to build on the huge success of its award-winning Olympians Reunion Centre in Rio, and learnings taken from its activities at Sochi 2014, in order to better serve the needs of Olympians who are in PyeongChang to watch or take part behind the scenes.

As tens of thousands of athletes dedicate themselves to training and qualifying for PyeongChang 2018, many more Olympians will be working hard in the background to make the event a success, with roles within the organising committee, as ambassadors, coaches or with NOCs, the IOC, International Federations and other Olympic Family organisations.

WOA’s aim is to serve the needs to those returning Olympians, giving them an opportunity to come together with other Olympians in the unique setting of the Games to share stories and experiences, meet new friends and past acquaintances.

“One year to go is an exciting time for the athletes as they step up their preparations for the Games, which for many will represent the pinnacle of their sporting careers”, said WOA president Joël Bouzou.

“PyeongChang 2018 is shaping up to be a fantastic celebration of sport and Olympism and we are excited to welcome all the new Olympians who will make their Olympic debut. We also look forward to serving the needs of Olympians returning to the Games as spectators or in an official capacity by building on the great success of our Olympians Reunion Centre in Rio and our Olympians programmes and events at the last Winter Games in Sochi and can’t wait to share further details about our plans for PyeongChang later in the year.”

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