The Winter Olympics 2018 have been officially announced and scheduled to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The host country was officially announced on July 6, 2011. After initial losses in the first two bids, South Korea has finally managed to win the bids for 2018 Olympics, defeating Annecy, France and Munich, Germany.
South Korea lost its early two bids in 2010 and 2014 for hosting the Olympic Games. The most unfortunate part in the earlier bids was the fact that it managed to win the first round of voting but would somehow lose the final round by a margin of three and four votes.
In the 2011 bidding for hosting 2018 Olympics, Pyeongchang finally won the majority of votes with a clear majority of 63 out of the 95 votes cast.
Munich and Annecy also launched their bids but lost to South Korea. Munich had the honor of previously holding the 1972 Summer Olympics but was defeated in the 2018 bidding earning 25 votes. Annecy also tasted defeat this time due to the lack of local citizens’ support, and only earned a mere seven votes.
Pyeongchang received a clear majority with 63 votes. When compared to the past two defeats, this change in results can be attributed to the amount of effort and hard work done by South Korea to earn the hosting opportunity.
One of the major reasons behind the selection of South Korea for hosting 2018 Olympics was the massive public support, and a long and inspirational effort towards achieving the honor. The president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, was extremely impressed with the amount of hard work done by Pyeongchang and stated that he had complete confidence in the city’s potential. He further said that Pyeongchang will surely provide a wonderful Olympic experience to the people in 2018.
The IOC verdict
The International Olympics Committee after much scrutiny, confirmed Pyeongchang, South Korea for hosting the 2018 Winter Olympic events. As stated by the IOC officials, it was indeed a good decision and a well deserved one for South Korea.