The Finnish Olympic Committee has chosen CHS Group as its official logistics partner for the next three Olympic Games. The new contract, signed in August, includes logistics and forwarding cooperation with the Finnish Olympic team and covers the forthcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
CHS has already been responsible for the freight forwarding of the Finnish Olympic Team in two previous Olympic Games. Ville Köngäs, Executive Business Manager of the Finnish Olympic Committee, states that after successful cooperation during the Pyeongchang and Rio de Janeiro projects, an agreement for the new contract was reached quickly.
“Preparing for the Olympics is a huge logistics operation where the reliability of delivery is the most important thing. We were already convinced by CHS’s expertise in 2015 when we were looking for a freight partner for the Rio Summer Olympics. We had discussions with several industry players, but CHS seemed the best option for us. At the time, the company already had employees familiar with our business environment, and of course, that made the choice easier.”
At last years Winter Olympics in South Korea, the Finnish Olympic team consisted of more than 200 people, including athletes and team officials, who were staying in two athletes’ villages in Pyeongchang and Gangneung. It was CHS’s task to make sure that the Olympic team’s freight arrived safely to the right places at the right time. After two joint Olympic projects, eyes are turning to 2020 and 2022 competitions, which both will be held in Asia. Köngäs reminds that the Winter and Summer Olympics both have their own special features also in terms of freight.
“Sailing, for example, is one of the most challenging events in the Summer Olympics from a logistics point of view. Freighting sailing boats to the racing venues requires detailed preparations. The same applies to the Winter Olympics when it comes to freighting grinding machines for skis. Well-functioning logistics is important, so our athletes can fully focus on sports.”
The 2020 Summer Olympics will begin in Tokyo in about 300 days, but logistics preparations for the Games have been going on for quite some time. Freight containers depart from Finland towards Japan in March, and the opening ceremonies at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium will be held on July 24, 2020.