PyeongChang's dream to become the Host City of the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games was today realized when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the historic decision to award the Winter Games to the South Korean city.
After bidding for the Winter Games twice before, today's decision by the IOC is a landmark moment for PyeongChang, the entire Korean nation and the whole of Asia. When the Winter Games comes to PyeongChang in 2018 it will be the first ever Winter Games in Korea.
PyeongChang received 63 votes in the first round of voting, with Munich receiving 25 votes and Annecy receiving 7 votes.
"Congratulations to PyeongChang. I think there is a lesson to be learnt from their achievement, and that is that patience and perseverance have prevailed and were important", said IOC President Jacques Rogge, referring to the fact that it was PyeongChang’s third attempt at obtaining the Games. "The three bids were excellent. Each city could have organised perfect Olympic Winter Games, but ultimately one had to be chosen. I would like to congratulate our Korean friends very warmly, and I am sure we will have great success with them in our future collaboration".
Myung-Bak Lee, President of Korea, said: "I would like to express my gratitude to President Rogge and the Members of the IOC for awarding the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to PyeongChang (...) Today is a wonderful moment for the Korean people, for Asia and we hope for the Olympic Movement".
Yang Ho Cho, PyeongChang 2018 Chairman and CEO, said: "On behalf of everyone involved with this bid, everyone in Gangwon Province and the entire nation of Korea, we are absolutely delighted that PyeongChang has been awarded the right to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games".
"Over the course of 10 years of bidding we have been listening and learning from the Olympic Family, improving our offer to the Olympic Movement each time. Today, our effort and commitment to hosting the Winter Games has been rewarded. We will now ensure that this hard work continues all the way through to 2018 to create an amazing Winter Games experience".
PyeongChang 2018’s vision for the 2018 Games is to offer the Olympic Movement and the world of winter sports "New Horizons" — a legacy of new growth and new potential never seen before. Its Winter Games plan is one of the most compact in Olympic history and it offers a unique stage on which the world’s best athletes can achieve superior performances. With PyeongChang’s strategic position in Asia, and its access to an emerging and fast-growing youth market, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will no doubt expose new generations of potential athletes to the power of winter sport.
If you want to Re-live the announcement ceremony from Durban make click in the following link: IOC President Jacques Rogge announces PyeongChang as the Host City for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.