FIS technical expert Guenter Hujara has stated the Jeongseon Alpine Centre is ready for World Cup competition ©PyeongChang 2018

Pyeongchang 2018's Jeongseon Alpine Centre has been declared ready to host an International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup event next month.

FIS technical expert Guenter Hujara has confirmed the venue is fit to stage the competition, with the competition acting as a test for the Winter Olympics.

Concerns had been raised about the readiness of the Centre, with the Alpine Skiing World Cup due to take place from February 3 to 7.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi had warned last month that construction at the South Korean venue was on a "very tight timeline".

Organisers were reportedly unsatisfied with the "stability" of  a gondola and the seating compartment on a ski lift, although it was claimed an agreement was reached to ensure the venue's readiness.

Yeo Hyung-koo, secretary general of Pyeonghcang 2018, had also admitted last month that the venue was only 53.7 per cent complete, but claimed it would be 60 per cent ready by today’s snow inspection in order for pre-competition testing.

That would be ready enough for the World Cup event to be held, it was claimed.

Upon visiting the site, Hujara has now given the green light, after completing the snow control assessment at the venue, and he praised the efforts of organisers.

"The slope is ready and snow conditions on the hill are great; there is enough snow prepared to very high standards,” said Hujara.

“I highly respect the tremendous efforts of the organisers, especially over the past two months.

“Achievements in this period have been remarkable and I have no doubt that athletes will enjoy the excellent course here at Jeongseon."

The Jeongseon Alpine Centre received a positive snow control assessment from the FIS
The Jeongseon Alpine Centre received a positive snow control assessment from the FIS ©Getty Images

The World Cup will see men’s downhill and super-G races held on the new course, in what will be the first of a series of 28 test events for Pyeongchang 2018.

Following the event, two FIS Snowboard World Cups are due to be held in Bokwang, first in slopestyle from February 19 to 21, and then in snowboard cross from February 25 to 27.

Bokwang is also due to stage an FIS Freestyle World Cup from February 18 to 20.

"I am extremely happy to hear the positive snow control results,” said Cho Yang-ho, Pyeongchang 2018 President, who has been credited with helping to improve the speed of preparation having replaced Kim Jin-sun in July 2014.

“We were able to overcome challenges through teamwork within Pyeongchang 2018 and with our partners, and I appreciate the dedication of everyone.

“We will concentrate on successful World Cup competitions next month and preparations for the Games in 2018."