One of the most important steps in the bidding process to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games got under way today when the three Candidate Cities – Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (South Korea)  – presented their candidatures to members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne.
The 2018 Candidate Cities’ Briefing for IOC Members will conclude on Thursday with each city meeting separately with the members. The cities will have the opportunity to answer follow-up questions about their projects from the members in the morning, followed by the media in the afternoon.
IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “Today all three cities made impressive presentations. For the past decade, a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work has been invested by the IOC to improve the evaluation process. We believe that we now have in place a sophisticated procedure, and the technical briefings provide an excellent opportunity for IOC members and Candidate Cities alike. This meeting gives the IOC members greater clarity concerning each city’s bid, which is crucial for them when making their evaluations and ultimately, the most informed decision possible in July.”
This week’s Briefing follows the release last week of the 2018 Evaluation Commission Report, which was drafted following four-day visits by the Evaluation Commission to the Candidate Cities in February and March. It was the first time the report was produced prior to the Briefing for members.
This is the second time that the Candidate Cities have had the opportunity to brief the members in such a manner. The Candidate Cities Briefing was introduced into the bid procedure after it was agreed that another opportunity to present the technical elements of the bids to the members would be useful for all parties.
The election of the host city of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will take place on 6 July 2011 during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban (South Africa). Prior to the IOC members casting their votes, the Candidate Cities will make their final presentations. The city that obtains an absolute majority of votes will be elected.
 Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots.
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