POSTED: March 5th 2009

Pyeongchang 2018 bid gets support

Pyeonchang winter sports areas / Image: Lake
Pyeonchang winter sports areas / Image: Lake

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

SEOUL: South Korea Sports Council Chairman Park Yong-sung threw his support behind the Pyeongchang bid effort for the 2018 winter Olympics at a press conference held today.

“Pyeongchang is well prepared to host the Olympics. I will back Pyeongchang, if it is officially confirmed as South Korea's candidate," he affirmed. "The process to decide the host city of 2018 Winter Olympics has not yet started and the decision is due in July 2011. I will do my best until the day my term ends in January 2013."

The Korean city has already bid twice for the 2010 and the 2014 Games losing to Vancouver, Canada and Sochi, Russia and will make a decision by April to throw the hat in the ring for the 2018 bid.

Park also dispelled the theory that if Tokyo, Japan were to be awarded the 2016 summer Games that it would negatively affect the Pyeongchang bid as a second Asian city.

The IOC will decide the 2018 host city in 2011 at the session in Durban, South Africa. France has four cities under consideration together with Munich, Germany and Harbin, China also expressing interest to host these Winter Games.

Keywords · Pyeongchang · 2018 · South Korea · Park Yong-sung

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