Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang have presented their candidatures for the 2018 Winter Olympics to the International Olympics Committee (IOC) at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.
The briefing process will conclude on Thursday 19th May 2011, when each city will meet separately with the members of the IOC for follow-up questions about their projects.
Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sung-Hwan Kim, commented on PyeongChang’s bid:
“We promised to build a year-round resort that would serve as the centre of our Winter Games Plan. In September 2010, with an investment of 1.4 billion US dollars, we opened the Alpensia resort, the heart of the Alpensia mountain cluster.
“In terms of our transport plan, we have continued work on the high-speed rail link between Incheon International Airport, Seoul, PyeongChang and the Coastal Cluster in Gangneung. It will be completed in 2017, enabling visitors to travel from Seoul to PyeongChang in just 50 minutes. This will be one of the fastest access to Winter Games venues in Olympic history.”
This week saw two figure skaters, Katarina Witt and Yu-na Kim go head-to-head for the chance to bring the competition home. Yu-Na Kim won gold for Korea at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and was pleased to meet the German skating star in Switzerland.
Witt, a two-time Olympic champion and Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, explained how exciting it would be to join President Christian Wulff for the trip to Durban for the verdict:
“It will be a real honour to travel with Germany’s Head of State to South Africa once again. I was at last year’s FIFA World Cup with him and I know he has a real passion for sport and for our bid.”
The final decision on the bids will be delivered on 6th July 2011 in Durban, South Africa.
The evaluation process involves four day visits to each city by a special commission, two rounds of technical meetings with the IOC as well as a final presentation from each prospective host city.