The Gangneung Ice Arena has been officially completed in a ceremony today ©Pyeongchang 2018

A ceremony has taken place today to mark the completion of the Gangneung Ice Arena due to be used for short track and figure skating competition at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

It marks the first ice venue to be declared completely finished with less than 14 months until the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

The 12,000 capacity venue consists of a 60 x 30 metres ice rink and is located within the Gangneung Olympic Park.

Pyeongchang 2018 President Lee Hee-beom and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission chair Gunilla Lindberg were among those present for the opening.

It is now due to host an International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup short track leg doubling as an Olympic test event starting on Friday (December 16).

The Korea Skating Union Short Track Speed Skating Championships took place there last month, before construction was fully completed, as a "trial run to ensure smooth operations during the upcoming test event".

“The completion of the ice venues is a meaningful step for Pyeongchang 2018," said Gangwon Province Governor Choi Moon-soon.

"The venues will be the centre of excitement during the Games. 

"After Pyeongchang 2018, they will be returned to the public and open doors for potential athletes and create new horizons for Gangneung residents.”

It marks the first ice venue to be completed in time for the 2018 Games ©Pyeongchang 2018
It marks the first ice venue to be completed in time for the 2018 Games ©Pyeongchang 2018

All other venues for ice sports are currently in the final stages of construction.

These consist of the Gangneung Hockey Centre and the Gangneung Oval speed skating venue as well as the Gangneung Curling Centre and the nearby Kwandong Hockey Centre for women's ice hockey.

Finalising legacy plans for these facilities has been highlighted as a key priority for organisers, who have claimed that 90 per cent of tickets have been sold for the short track test event.

A total of 104 male and 80 female athletes from 31 countries are expected to compete across 10 events.

It comes as delays continue in finalising the Pyeongchang 2018 budget for 2017 amid ongoing political chaos in South Korea following the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye amid a cronyism scandal.