The elections to host the Winter Olympic Games held in 2018 have been won by Korea, after a series of voting and judgement procedures by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This multi-sport event occurs every four years and is desperately awaited by people all around the world. It is a very promising opportunity not only for the athletes to show their talents and skills but also for the participating countries and the host country to show themselves.
The participating countries gain popularity by winning medals and participating in different sports. For these Olympic Games, there is a large opportunity to do so, with over 300 different events being held. The countries that are able to win the most medals are ranked and listed at the top of charts everywhere, earning recognition, fame and respect.
Becoming an Olympic host is usually a huge competition between countries, as the winning country earns a large sum of money from the whole world, is portrayed in all sports and news channels, and is the main topic of discussion on social media. The host is also able to promote its culture and tourism sector. It is the “red carpet” for a few weeks as many celebrities, athletes and world leaders visit to watch their country’s athletes perform.
The other candidates participating to compete to host the games were Annecy, France and Munich, Germany. These sites were also proposed by the IOC, but ended up losing to Pyeongchang. After South Korea’s victory in the host competition, the IOC acknowledged the formation of Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympics and Paralympic Games (POCOG). This committee will be responsible for organizing the events in 2018 and making the plans successful. This committee is headed by Kim Jin-Sun. The dedication of the committee, as well as all athletes and organizers, is the key to success of the Olympic Games and to create a symbol of peace, equality and unity between the world.