For the Finalist Annecy, France; Munich; Pyeongchang, South Korea decision day for the 2018 Winter Olympics is July 6th. At this point in the campaign there is not a clear-cut standout front-runner. All three cities offer great venues and different experiences for the athletes and spectators.
This Wednesday each city will be given a forty-five minute session to present their final presentation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC consists of 110 members. After the presentation is given the IOC has fifteen minutes to ask questions about the city and other issues. Secrete ballot voting will take place until a city wins a majority of the votes.
The first city to give its presentation is Munich. Munich offers fifteen of the events in the Munich area. All within 90 minutes of each other. Munich also has the backing of the powerful sponsors like BMW. Winter sports are also deeply rooted in Europeans and Germans. But Munich Olympics also reminds many of the terrorist attacks in 1972, the darkest day in Olympics history.
After Munich will be Annecy to present. Some of the strong points they have to offer are the proximity of the events. Rail and roads will within a twenty-mile radius and all link thirteen Events. 80% of athletes will be able to stay within ten minutes of their venue. The city is also very scenic. But the IOC has not awarded back-to-back winter games to the same continent since 1990′s.
The final city to present is Pyeongchang in South Korea. Thirteen of the competitions will be within thirty minutes of each other and linked by rail and roads. Offering the most compact venues plan in Winter Olympics history. South Korea has spent around 1.4 billions on the construction of an Olympic-caliber resort. The winter games have only been hosted in Asia twice, both by Japan in 1972,98. Eighty Seven percent of South Korea supports the games in comparison to 62% of France and 54% of Germany. But Pyeongchang hasn’t been lucky in recent Olympic campaigns. Leading voting in the first round of 2010 and 2014 winter games but going to lose the final vote.
All three cities are first class Olympic caliber hosts. All three will have amazing venues and first class facilities for the athletes. Voting will take place on July 6th in Durban, South Africa.
More information can be found at Olympic.org