The search has officially begun to find a city to follow Sochi to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) are looking for a city to follow 2014 Russian hosts Sochi.
Potential candidates include Annecy in France, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Another contender is Munich who are bidding to become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
Denver also fancy their chances if Chicago fails to win the vote to host the 2016 Olympics, a decision due to take place on October 2 by the IOC in Copenhagen.
Pyeongchang’s latest attempt comes after a series of narrow misses to host the games. The South Korean city lost out to Vancouver by three votes for the 2010 Games and four votes to Sochi for 2014.
France’s Olympic Committee voted in March to put forward Annecy for votes ahead of rival offers from Grenoble, Nice and Pelvoux.
Munich, which hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics, has already assembled a star studded team to help its bid.
Its board of trustees include two-time Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt and Germany’s former World Cup winning captain and manager Franz Beckenbauer, who also helped bring the 2006 World Cup to Germany.
The IOC announced that national Olympic bodies must formally propose their candidate by October 15.
Bid teams must attend the Vancouver Games next February as observers, then formally apply two weeks later.
The IOC’s ruling Executive Board will accept the official candidates and publish a short list in June 2010 to begin a second phase of the process.
Cities must then submit a candidate file to IOC headquarters in Lausanne by January 11, 2011.
An IOC Evaluation Committee will visit the cities and produce a report for IOC members one month before the election.
The winning city will be chosen on July 6, 2011, at the IOC Session in Durban. That date will mark six years to the day that London was chosen to host the 2012 Olympics at the IOC Session in Singapore.
Danielle Lee, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine