SICC - Powering the 7th Asian Winter Games

Two CEOs, one vision: IGBS’ Francis Tellier (left) and SICC’s Lee Yoon-Ho in SICC’s Almaty office

While IGBS’ collaboration with AWAGOC has been made quite apparent to Rights Holders through the World Broadcaster Meetings, a less visible but equally important partner in the project has been SsangYong Information & Communications (SICC).

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SICC, which has been successfully involved in several previous international sports events, was initially contracted by AWAGOC for the provision of data, graphics and host broadcast services at the 7th Asian Winter Games. Based on its productive collaboration with IGBS at the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006, SICC then contracted IGBS to develop and implement the host broadcast side of the operation in order to be able to focus more closely on its other event-related obligations.

SICC’s Sports Information Technology Division is a recognised leader of sport event information systems in Asia, starting with the 1986 Asian Games and 1988 Olympic Games, both in Seoul. As such, it made perfect sense for AWAGOC to call upon the Korean company to set up the GAMES FAMILY Information System (GFIS), a web-based real-time information system allowing users throughout the International Broadcast Centre and at the various event venues to monitor any and all competition-related developments. SICC has had more than 300 staffers in Kazakhstan monitoring the Asian Winter Games and keeping on top of all event-related data.

SICC CEO Lee Yoon-Ho, speaking just hours before the Closing Ceremony, said he was pleased with the way things have gone during the soon-to-be-completed event. “We started working with IGBS well ahead of the event and for me it has been not only a contractual experience but also a human one. I am very happy with the partnership we’ve established and I strongly wish to continue business and human relationships with IGBS.”

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7th Asian Winter Games

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