The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today released the Report by the Evaluation Commission for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018. This report follows the Commission’s visits to the three Candidate Cities bidding to host the Games: Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea).
The three cities biding for the 2018 Winter Olympics found reason for celebration Tuesday after the IOC issued a report evaluating their bid plans less than two months before the vote.
Pyeongchang, bidding for a third straight time, received a generally glowing assessment from the International Olympic Committee’s evaluation commission, bolstering the South Korean city’s status as front-runner.
But the IOC also praised the bids from Munich and Annecy, France, and said "all three candidate cities could successfully host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, with each city offering its own distinct vision and concept".
The 119-page report, which does not rank the cities or make direct comparisons, offers no major revelations or game-changing criticism. It confirms Pyeongchang’s strong position, but also gives Munich and Annecy solid marks and hope to believe the contest is a three-horse race until the end. "Each city’s concept offers a viable option to the IOC though the very nature of each project presents different risks", the report said.
The Evaluation Commission, chaired by the IOC member in Sweden Gunilla Lindberg, spent four days in each Candidate City earlier this year to conduct on-site inspections and carry out an assessment of the cities’ 2018 Olympic Winter Games projects.
The report is a technical analysis which is being provided to IOC members prior to the "2018 Briefing for IOC Members" which will be held on 18 and 19 May in Lausanne. During this meeting the Candidate Cities will have the opportunity to present the technical aspects of their candidatures to the IOC members and answer questions.
The election of the host city will take place on 6th July during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.