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(LEAD) PyeongChang completes bid file for 2018 Winter Olympics

All Headlines 14:05 January 06, 2011

(ATTN: FIXES headline; ADDS comments by Cho Yang-ho in last two paras)

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- The Winter Olympics bidding committee for the South Korean alpine town of PyeongChang on Thursday completed its bid file for the 2018 Winter Olympics, taking another step toward hosting the country's first ever Winter Games.

The PyeongChang bid committee said Thursday it has put together the final candidature file that includes answers to 261 specific questions proposed by the IOC, covering areas such as PyeongChang's vision, its financial standings, venues, doping control, security, accommodations and media operations. The file will be submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) next Tuesday.

The committee said PyeongChang's bid is built on promoting legacy and heritage of winter sports in Asia. The last Winter Olympics in Asia was held in 1998 in Nagano, Japan.

PyeongChang officials also said the city has highlighted the proximity of venues, convenient and safe transportation systems, and strong support from local residents.

"We recruited help from experts in different areas to prepare the best file possible," said Cho Yang-ho, chairman of the bidding committee. He added the bid file will be made public on the bid committee's Web site (www.pyeongchang2018.org) once it is approved by the IOC.

PyeongChang, located on the east coast in Gangwon Province, is in the running against Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France, for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The IOC will dispatch a special delegation to conduct on-site inspections of all three candidate cities in February and March. PyeongChang is scheduled to receive IOC officials from Feb. 14-20. Annecy will have its inspection from Feb. 8-13 and Munich from Feb. 27-March 5.

"During the inspection, we will try to present PyeongChang as the well-prepared candidate city," Cho said. "We will keep trying to win over the hearts of IOC members."

PyeongChang came up short in its two previous bids against Vancouver, Canada, and Sochi, Russia. The election for the 2018 host city will be held at an IOC meeting in Durban, South Africa, on July 6.

When asked about PyeongChang's chances this year, Cho said all the city can do is maintain its momentum until the day of the IOC meeting.

"We can't guarantee anything," he said. "We've got about 90 percent of support from the Korean people. We have to work hard to win even more support and increase our chance of winning this time."

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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