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PyeongChang 2018 delivers Candidate File to International Olympic Committee.
PyeongChang 2018 delivers Candidate File to International Olympic Committee

11 Jan 2011

PyeongChang, Korea: The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee today delivered its Candidate File to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Candidate File was submitted by a special PyeongChang 2018 delegation including Bid Committee Chairman and CEO, Yang Ho Cho; Sports Director and current Korean Bobsleigh team coach, Kwang-bae Kang; and Min-kyung Choi, PyeongChang 2018 Ambassador and Short Track Speed Skating Gold Medallist at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games and Nagano 1998 Winter Games.

The PyeongChang 2018 Candidate File was approved last week at a meeting held in Seoul, South Korea, when major Bid Committee stakeholders, and representatives from all levels of government, confirmed their support of the Candidate File's 17 themes and guarantees to host the Winter Games in 2018.

PyeongChang 2018's Candidate File communicates the city's unique vision for the 2018 Winter Games, and highlights how the Olympic Movement and the world of Winter Sports will benefit greatly from the Winter Games being held in South Korea for the first time.

Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of PyeongChang 2018, said: "It is a great honour forPyeongChang 2018 to be here in Lausanne to deliver our Candidate File to the IOC and present our unique vision for the 2018 Winter Games. We are delighted to highlight to the Olympic Family the benefits of new growth and new potential that a Winter Games in PyeongChang will bring - a world of 'New Horizons'.

"We believe we have developed a strong technical file and a compelling Winter Games Plan that will create an ideal setting for the athletes, fans and the Olympic Family. Our athlete-friendly Games Plan includes the most compact and efficient venue layout, a revolutionary multi-transport network linking the venue clusters, and a legacy strategy that will create the most modern and sustainable Winter Sports hub in Asia to serve athletes for generations to come.

"PyeongChang 2018's bid also offers the Olympic Movement something very special - we can spread important Olympic values to a new part of the world, help a young and dynamic population in the continent connect with the spirit of Olympism, and inspire a new generation of Winter Sports athletes. Korea's new economic, cultural and sporting dynamism provides the ideal platform to help us achieve this ambition."

An IOC Evaluation Commission will now review and evaluate the Candidate File and will visit PyeongChang in February 2011. The 2018 Host City will be announced at the IOC Session in Durban, South Africa on 6 July 2011.

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