2018 Winter Olympics
July 6, 2011 by staff
2018 Winter Olympics, The three cities vying for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games are making their final pitches in a competition between the Asian supply third time South Korea and two European rivals. The Munich German offers because the first appearance before the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday followed Annecy, France, and Pyeongchang, South Korea.
After nearly losing the Games in 2010 and 2014, Pyeongchang is the favorite. Munich, hoping to become the first city to host the Olympic games both summer and winter is the main rival. Annecy is the outsider.
Each city had 45 minutes to present their case, followed by 15 minutes for questions and answers.
The IOC will vote later in the day, by secret ballot and the winner is expected to be announced by IOC president Jacques Rogge after 11 am EDT.
With seven members absent, 95 IOC members eligible to vote in the first round. The majority is necessary for victory, ie, 48 votes would be enough to win.
If there is no majority in the first round, the city with the fewest votes is eliminated and the remaining two cities will take a second vote and final.
There has been speculation of a possible first-round victory Pyeongchang, which led in each of the first rounds on the votes of the games in 2010 and 2014, but lost in the finals to Vancouver and Sochi.
The wildcard could be the number of votes of sympathy Annecy receives in the first round.
The three cities heavyweights took to the final presentation.
Pyeongchang delegation includes South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, and the current Olympic champion figure skater Kim Yu-na.
The offer of Munich, led by Olympic double gold medalist figure skater Katarina Witt, German President Christian Wulff has, and the football World Cup Franz Beckenbauer. The French Prime Minister Francois Fillon is part of the delegation of Annecy.
The trend in recent IOC votes is to move the game to new frontiers, taking the Winter Games to Russia (Sochi) for the first time in 2014 and South America taking its first Olympic games with the 2016 summer Rio de Janeiro.
The Winter Games have been represented in Asia twice, both times in Japan – Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998. Pyeongchang, whose motto is “New Frontiers”, says he can spread the Olympics to new and lucrative markets of Asia and become a winter sports center in the region.
Munich counters that the games return to its spiritual home in Europe and a country with a history and tradition of winter sports and a large crowd.
It’s been almost 80 years since Germany hosted the Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1936. Garmisch snow events would be organized in 2018, while Munich used many of the facilities of the 1972 Summer Games for the competitions of ice.
Annecy’s bid, which had a slow start and struggled through budget problems and changes of direction, is distinguished from its two rivals with the promise of simple “real” games in the heart of the French Alps.
IOC votes for the Winter Games can be especially unpredictable, with many members from countries with little or no tradition of winter sports. External factors come more into play.
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