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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Winter Games candidates submit bid books

The race to host the 2018 Winter Olympics has entered the final straight after all three candidate cities delivered their bid books to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Munich was the final candidate to hand the book over to the IOC, which will now visit the German city as well as Annecy in France and PyeongChang in South Korea in February and March. The IOC Evaluation Commission will then prepare a report that will be released in May, and the host city will be announced on July 6 in Durban, South Africa.
Munich is aiming to become the first city to have hosted a Summer and Winter Games, and bid chief executive Bernhard Schwank said: “For the first time in Olympic history, Munich 2018 will demonstrate how Olympic venues (from the 1972 Games) can be transformed into Winter Games venues. The 2018 Games in Munich would revitalise the existing Munich Olympic Park and enable it to continue serving the next generations and the international sports community for the next 40 years.”
PyeongChang is attempting to make it third time lucky after falling just short in the bidding for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games. Yang Ho Cho, chairman of the South Korean city’s bid, said: “Our athlete-friendly Games plan includes the most compact and efficient venue layout, a revolutionary multi-transport network linking the venue clusters, and a legacy strategy that will create the most modern and sustainable Winter Sports hub in Asia to serve athletes for generations to come.”
Annecy has appointed French businessman Charles Beigbeder as the new bid leader following the departure of Edgar Grospiron in December. “Our first priority will be the IOC evaluation team's visit next month," Beigbeder told The Associated Press. “We need to make sure that the venue inspection takes place under the best possible conditions and that IOC members will return to Lausanne with the desire to come back in Annecy.”