PYEONGCHANG, Jan. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – The 2018 Winter Olympics is on the horizon as the Pyeongchang Main Press Center (MPC) opened its doors on January 9.
The MPC is expected to host 62 delegations of foreign press hailing from 58 countries, 111 media teams from 31 countries, and journalists from 35 news agencies. All told, around 3,000 news media personnel are expected to descend upon Pyeongchang in approximately a month’s time.
In addition, the MPC will be the site where both the International Olympic Committee and the national Olympic committees of attending nations hold press conferences and briefings.
With the vast diversity of nationalities soon to congregate in one space, POCOG, the PyeongChang Olympics Organizing Committee, has arranged for simultaneous, real-time translation to be available in eight languages at the MPC. The eight languages are: English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
Typically, Arabic numbers among the languages translated, but as the representation of Arabic-speaking nations at the Winter Olympics is low, Japanese is being offered in its stead in recognition of Japan’s reputation as a Winter Olympics powerhouse as well as its status as the host of the 2022 Summer Olympics.
Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)