South Korea’s Pyeongchang to Host 2018 Winter Olympics
Third time’s the charm, indeed, for South Korea’s city of Pyeongchang.
After two unsuccessful bids, Pyeongchang finally clinched the hosting rights to the Winter Olympics, after the International Olympic Committee declared the South Korean city as winner of the balloting for the 2018 edition of the sports spectacle. Pyeongchang, which previously lost bids for the 2010 and 2014 editions, defeated Germany’s Munich and France’s Annecy. The South Korean city received 63 votes, way above the 48 it needed to clinch the victory. Munich got 25 votes, while Annecy received seven.
Pyeongchang will only be the second Asian city to host the Winter Olympics. Japan is the only other country to earn the right, hosting the 1972 Games in Sapporo and the 1998 edition in Nagano. It was sweet victory for Pyeongchang after its previous bids ended in defeat despite winning in the first round of voting. This time, Pyeongchang did not need a second round after immediately receiving majority of the votes from the 95-vote panel in the first round. Had none of the competing cities failed to get at least 48 votes, a second round of vote would have been held between the top two vote getters in the first round.
Russia’s Sochi is the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.