SEOUL (Reuters) – Pyeongchang has submitted its 2018 application file to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with South Korea still basking in glory from the Vancouver Games.
Bid leaders outlined the winter resort’s easy accessibility and overwhelming public support for the bid, the Korea Times reported.
South Korea is still buzzing after the country’s athletes finished a best-ever fifth in last month’s Vancouver medals table with six gold, six silver and two bronze.
Highlighted by Kim Yuna’s soaring figure skating triumph, their success is set to boost the South Korean economy to the tune of several billion dollars, researchers predict.
Pyeongchang is bidding for the third successive time after narrowly losing out to Vancouver and Russia’s Sochi for the 2010 and 2014 Games.
Set in Gangwon Province some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, Pyeongchang faces competition from Munich and Annecy in France.
Given the low number of bids, all three are expected to be named finalists when the IOC names the official nominees in late June.
IOC members are scheduled to conduct venue inspections next February and select the 2018 host city on July 6, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.
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