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Pyeongchang favored for Winter Olympics

Pyeongchang was judged to have a higher possibility to win its bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2018 than Annecy, France or Munich, Austria, following the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission visit, according to a report released by (Click here to read the original report)

Pyeongchang scored higher than its rivals in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games BidIndex released by at SportAccord in London last week.

According to GamesBids’ reckoning, Pyeongchang recorded a total of 64.99 points, up 2.59 points from January. Munich went up 0.66 points to 62.31 points and Annecy dropped 2.26 points to 52.77.

"High levels of public support along with complete government backing and solid sponsorships continue to propel the South Korean bid from PyeongChang," GamesBids said in the report.  GamesBids also called the city’s geography "favorable" since it has been almost 20 years since the Winter Games were last held in Asia and that Pyeongchang’s previous two bids were a "positive factor."

According to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee, the city also took the top spot in GamesBids’ index four years ago. The city is determined to keep campaigning until the IOC announces the final winner in Durban, South Africa, in July.

By Yoon Sojung Staff Writer


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