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Posted : 2009-10-16 20:37
Updated : 2009-10-16 20:37

PyeongChang Faces Munich, Annecy

By Kang Seung-woo
Staff Reporter

PyeongChang is in a three-way race with Munich in Germany and Annecy in France for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Friday (KST) that the three cities have applied for the right to host the Winter Games.

The venue will be selected at an IOC General Assembly slated for July 2011 in Durban, South Africa.

"It is an honor for PyeongChang to vie with great cities,'' said Kim Jin-sun, a co-chairman of the bidding committee, along with Cho Yang-ho, the Hanjin Group Chairman.

"With a drastic and effective campaign, we will strive to persuade the IOC and its members to give the nod to PyeongChang."

The Gangwon Province city lost on two previous occasions to Vancouver, Canada, and Sochi, Russia, for the 2010 and 2014 contests, respectively.

Initially, Sofia, Bulgaria; Harbin, China; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Denver or Reno-Tahoe, the United States, were also expected to make bids for the Winter Olympic Games in 2018, but none did.

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