POSTED: June 15th 2011

Rogge sustains there is no clear favorite for 2018 Games

The International Convention Center in Durban where the IOC Session will be held / Durban2011
The International Convention Center in Durban where the IOC Session will be held / Durban2011

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/GENEVA, Jun 15: International Olympic Committee leader, Dr. Jacques Rogge, defends the point that there are no clear favorites in the 2018 winter Games bid campaign. Annecy, Munich and PyeongChang are the three competitors in the bid race to hold the 23rd winter Olympiad.

Speaking to the press in Geneva yesterday President Rogge noted that “the IOC was very pleased with the three candidates who are all very serious. So we are sure to have wonderful Games in 2018 regardless of who is the chosen city on July 6th in Durban.

“There is no clear favorite and the choice will be tight. I think for us the most important thing from the three candidates is the attention to the welfare of the athletes. From the standpoint of the infrastructure for athletes, Olympic Villages, and transport they are really the maximum.

"All three have remarkable geographic infrastructure and all three come from countries that are economically and politically stable.”

Rogge also confirmed that the IOC had no written or unwritten rule regarding a rotation policy with the five continents to host the Games.

Currently the upcoming editions are in Europe with the London 2012 summer Games and the Sochi 2014 winter Games.

Then the focus will shift to Rio de Janeiro in 2016 for the first South American Games.

There are two European candidates Annecy and Munich and one Asian contender, PyeongChang.

The winter Games have been held 13 times in Europe (Sochi makes the 14th), six times in the Americas, and only twice in Asia at Sapporo and Nagano.

It will be 20 years since the Asian 1998 Games at Nagano were held if this edition goes back to Asia.

Keywords · IOC · Jacques Rogge · 2018 Games · Olympic bidding

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