ANOC President: PyeongChang 2018 brought hope and inspiration

26 February 2017; PyeongChang: ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah today hailed the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games for providing the platform for National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and their athletes to inspire the world through their performances and bring hope of peace through their unity.

A record 91 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) delegation came together to participate in PyeongChang 2018. Six NOCs (Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore) made their Olympic Winter debuts. A total of 28 countries won medals at the Games.

ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said:

“PyeongChang 2018 has been an outstanding Games which has showcased athletes and their spectacular performances. Once again, the Olympic Games has demonstrated the power of sport to unite nations and inspire people around the world through Olympism.

“During the Games, history was made on and off the snow and ice. The world’s best athletes amazed us with their skill and athleticism. Countless records were broken and billions of people around the world watched athletes embody the Olympic values. Athletes inspired us, not just through victory but also through humility in defeat.

“However, Olympic Games is about so much more than winning medals. Through sport, the Unified Korean Olympic team sent out a message of hope to the world at a time when it is needed most. Nearly 3,000 athletes from a record 91 NOCs and the OAR came together in a celebration of sport and humanity. For the majority of NOCs, they do not leave PyeongChang with medals, but all NOCs leave PyeongChang having inspired the people of their countries and beyond.”

ANOC Secretary General PyeongChang 2018 Coordination Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg added:

“Last night’s Closing Ceremony was an excellent way to end what has been a thrilling 17 day celebration of sport and humanity. PyeongChang 2018 promised a Games of New Horizons and under the leadership of President Lee, the Organising Committee and its partners it certainly delivered that. From the beginning, we have worked hard with the Organising Committee to ensure that the interests of the athletes were at the very heart of PyeongChang 2018. I have been very pleased with the positive feedback we have received not just from athletes and their NOCs but also from International Federations, broadcasters, sponsors and other Olympic stakeholders. We must also thank the volunteers and the people of Korea who contributed to an unforgettable Games and helped make it such a success.”

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