POSTED: June 24th 2011
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PyeongChang 2018 heading to Durban with best bid effort ever

After the 2014 loss former Governor Jin-Sun Kim looks serious as then chairman Seung-soo Han wept in disappointment / Kangwon Domin Ilbo
After the 2014 loss former Governor Jin-Sun Kim looks serious as then chairman Seung-soo Han wept in disappointment / Kangwon Domin Ilbo

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LONDON, Jun 24: PyeongChang’s bid chairman Yang Ho Cho has said that the Korean city “can’t afford to relax” in its bid efforts to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, as the countdown to the vote enters its final two weeks.
 
The South Korean city knows all too well the importance of the final push to earn the votes from the IOC members, having narrowly lost out on the hosting rights at the last two Winter Games bids.
 
PyeongChang’s had been labeled the favourites in the bids for the 2010 and 2014 Games, but was beaten to the post in the second round of voting by Vancouver and then Sochi.
 
Bid chairman and Korean Air boss Yang Ho Cho said that while PyeongChang was confident, the bid team would not rest and would be campaigning until the voting takes place at the 123rd IOC session at Durban's International Convention Centre on 6 July.

Ambassador Jin-Sun Kim told SportsFeatures.com in a recent interview that he has never felt the pressure like this time for the Korean bid. He has been involved with all three bids and said, "During the past years, PyeongChang has made every effort to improve its facilities and other conditions, and thereby proving itself as an even more developed bid now. 

"I believe that many of the IOC members are already well aware of that." 
 
Third time lucky
 
PyeongChang will be hoping it’s third time lucky when the Korean delegation arrives in Durban next month. The Korean’s first taste of disappointment came at the 115th IOC session in Prague on 2 July 2003. After winning the first round with 51 votes, against rival cities Salzburg (16) and Vancouver (40), PyeongChang narrowly lost out in the second round of voting to the Canadian city by 3 votes (Vancouver – 56, PyeongChang – 53)
 
Four years later at the 119th IOC session in Guatemala City on 4 July 2007, the Korean city again went home disappointed in the second round of voting, falling four votes short of Sochi’s 51 winning tally.
 
Speaking ahead of 123rd IOC session next month, Cho said: "We can't afford to relax until voting day on July 6 in Durban. The message we are sending to the IOC members is that with PyeongChang is a huge opportunity to grow winter sports in Asia - a market with huge potential.

"The important thing is to show that we have the capacity and the passion to host this event, and that's what we are doing," said Cho.
 
More than 2,500 sports administrators, media, business and political leaders are expected to attend the session, with the highlight being the announcement of the 2018 Winter Games host city.

So July 6th will be the day the IOC votes for the 2018 host city of the winter Olympics and Paralympics in Durban, South Africa. PyeongChang will be vying against Munich and Annecy for the top nomination.


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