IOC executive director Christophe Dubi admitted that problems remain with Pyeongchang 2018 accommodation plans ©ITG

Accommodation deadlines before the Pyeongchang 2018 remain tight as 11 hotels required for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics have still not been completed.

This was highlighted as a primary concern surrounding preparations by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following their Executive Board meeting here today.

Officials claim to remain confident that hotels will be completed, but are considering contingency plans.

"On accommodation, the situation is rather simple," IOC executive director for the Olympic Games Christophe Dubi explained.

"Compared to the initial bid, you have a number of hotels which were not built, so as a result we have to spread constituents wider. 

"The Alpensia situation [the snow hub] is particularly tense.

"We are reliant on 11 hotels still being delivered. 

"There will be very close monitoring that they are delivered. 

"If that is the case, we can deliver what we need for our partners and all those providing services during the Games. 

"It is a tight situation but we have everything we need at this point in time.

"The first measure is a very, very tight monitoring of the situation."

Eleven hotels must still be completed before Pyeongchang 2018 ©Getty Images
Eleven hotels must still be completed before Pyeongchang 2018 ©Getty Images

Plan B measures involve checking with each client that they plan to use their allocation and considering other hotels further away. 

"The plan B will all be based on what we see on the ground and at what point in time," Dubi added.

"The situation will vary on one situation and the other. 

"We have 11 different situations [hotels] and 11 different responses. 

"Hopefully between now and December, we will have 11 hotels where we can tick the boxes."

They hope to ultimately have between 1,500 to 2,000 rooms.

Other IOC figures said afterwards that there are three hotels considered especially important.

But the situation, they claim, is still controllable in comparison to the bigger problems they faced at a similar stage before Rio 2016.

Transportation is an other key issues, with Dubi vowing to closely monitor the planned arrival process for athletes and National Olympic Committee representatives.

However, he did welcome the completion of the high-speed railway line due to link Pyeongchang with Seoul and Incheon.

This line is now being tested before an official opening scheduled for December.

Action at the Winter Olympics is then due to take place from February 9 to 25.

No update was given today on ongoing discussions to ensure North Korean participation at the Games.