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Olympic Park 2018 in Ostrava: Ostravar Arena and four ski centres

Ostrava will host the Olympic Park for the second time.

A bold concept will also be introduced during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games: the Ostravar Arena will be the event’s centre and activities will also be organised for four well-known ski centres in the Moravian and Silesian Region. Two skiing areas will be part of the project – Kopřivná and Karlov pod Pradědem in the Jeseníky mountains, and Bílá and Mosty u Jablunkova in the Beskydy mountains.

“Ostrava offers an original concept by attracting fans to sports facilities in the natural environment. The hall is well known as the home arena of the local ice hockey team and the venue of many top events held over the last few years, such as the ice hockey championships. It is therefore natural for sports fans to go to the arena for a sporting event. Part of the sporting program will also run in the area in front of the hall,said Jiří Kejval, Chairman of the Czech Olympic Committee. “The ski centres are also a traditional destination for sports fans. I am pleased that the officials have decided to expand the idea of Olympic parks to practically the entire Moravian and Silesian Region and I believe that fans will find their way to individual ski centres where interesting programs wait for them,” he added.

Expanding the project to individual winter centres is attractive to the Moravian and Silesian Region. “The atmosphere of the top sporting event can spread to our region thanks to the Olympic parks and events offering visitors days full of sport and entertainment. However, this time centres should not be limited to our regional city and instead expand to selected areas of the Beskydy and Jeseníky mountains. I believe a great base for everyone will be created here and that visitors will delight in unforgettable experiences as well as the specific character of the Moravian Silesian Region, and be keen to visit the region again in the future,” said Ivo Vondrák, Governor of the Moravian and Silesian Region.

Over the last few years, the city of Ostrava has gained great experience in hosting top sporting events. The Olympic Park during the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games was no exception and one reason why the municipal government decided to support the organisation of another Olympic park to mark the PyeongChang 2018 games.

“Immediately after last summer’s extraordinary success with the Rio park concentrating around the city centre, we discussed interest in repeating the event for the upcoming winter Olympic games with the organisers. I am pleased that our plan is becoming reality. While tens of thousands of residents and visitors to the city could try their hand at summer Olympic sports, we will have the opportunity to test our skills in winter Olympic sports next year. We are confident that public interest will be equally strong and their response just as positive, and reinforce Ostrava as a city that truly lives and breathes sport and excels at hosting events of this type,” said Tomáš Macura, Mayor of Ostrava.

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