Lindberg to lead IOC panel for 2018 Winter Games

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP)

Swedish Olympic official Gunilla Lindberg will head the IOC panel monitoring preparations for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The International Olympic Committee announced Friday that Lindberg will chair the 11-person coordination commission for Pyeongchang. The South Korean resort was awarded the games last month, beating bids from Munich and Annecy, France.

Lindberg led the IOC's evaluation commission which assessed the three bids and will rejoin the IOC executive board at the end of the month. She has been an IOC member since 1996 and served as an IOC vice president from 2004-08. She is secretary general of the Association of National Olympic Committees.

Other members of the coordination panel include American IOC athletes' member Angela Ruggiero, Japan's Olympic Committee president Tsunekazu Takeda and Danish member Crown Prince Frederik.

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