S Korea's PyeongChang selected as official candidate for 2018 Winter Olympics

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South Korea's alpine city PyeongChang has been selected as one of three Candidate Cities in the campaign to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee said Tuesday.

PyeongChang, a ski resort county located about 180 km east of Seoul in Gangwon Province, will compete against German city of Munich and France's Annecy.

Cho Yang-ho, Chairman of the Bid Committee, said in a statement that the city is "looking forward to sharing our vision for the Games with the Olympic Family in the coming months."

"We firmly believe we can help the Olympic Family connect with millions of new, young hearts and minds across the Asian region and contribute to the international growth of winter sport," Cho said.

Meanwhile, Kim Jin-sun, governor of Gangwon province, said the province will continues to push ahead with plans for expansion of critical transport and venue infrastructure and promoting winter sports.

PyeongChang has officially made its bid for the 2018 event in September last year. This is the third bid for the city at the Winter Olympics, following two straight losses to Canada's Vancouver for the 2010 Games and Russia's Sochi for the 2014 Games respectively.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce the winner in 2011 at its general meeting in Durban, South Africa.

Source: Xinhua


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