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All Three 2018 Winter Olympic Contenders Earn Praise From IOC

Each of the three cities bidding for the 2018 Winter Olympics could be successful as hosts, an International Olympic Committee study concluded.

Pyeongchang, South Korea; Munich; and Annecy, France, all are capable of hosting the Winter Games, according to a technical analysis of each city’s bid that included assessments of 14 categories, including the host committees’ concepts, venues, travel arrangements, finances, accommodations, transportation and security.

“The commission is of the opinion that each city’s concept offers a viable option to the IOC, though the very nature of each project presents different risks,” the 119-page report said.

The IOC’s Evaluation Commission visited the cities in February and March, and the three bids weren’t ranked or compared to each other.

Formal presentations will be made to IOC members next week in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the host city will be selected on July 6 in Durban, South Africa.

Pyeongchang, which lost bids in 2010 and 2014, received what might have been the most positive remarks from the commission.

“Overall, the commission believes the legacy from a 2018 Pyeongchang Games, building on existing legacies from previous Olympic Winter Games bids, would be significant to further develop winter sport in Asia,” the report said.

Munich would be the first city to host both the summer and Winter Games, having staged the summer Olympics in 1972.

“With an extensive use of existing and temporary facilities, a Munich 2018 Games would be low-impact with a high degree of sustainability,” the report said.

The IOC’s comments about Annecy were much more favorable than a report last year that said its venues would be too spread out.

“While presenting some operational challenges, the commission believes that the games concept presented by Annecy 2018 could be a workable model for Olympic Winter Games sustainability,” the report said.

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