The International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 has wrapped up its sixth visit confident that PyeongChang 2018 is moving in the right direction as Games preparations intensify in the final two years. At a closing news conference with PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee president Yang-ho Cho, Coordination Commission chair Gunilla Lindberg expressed satisfaction with construction progress at competition venues and congratulated Games organisers for the success of early test events.
Beijing has been selected to host the Winter Olympics in 2022 – becoming the first city to host both the summer and winter games. The Chinese capital was selected ahead of a rival bid from Kazakhstan’s Almaty. Beijing and Almaty were considered outsiders when the 2022 bid race opened two years ago.
Following the turmoil that has swept the country in recent months, the Ukrainian city of Lviv has pulled out of the race to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The decision follows talks between the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, Ukrainian prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and the president of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, Sergey Bubka.
It will be terra nova for the Olympic Movement in 2020, as the Winter Youth Olympic Games head to one of two cities that have never previously hosted an edition of the Olympic Games. Brasov (Romania) and Lausanne (Switzerland) have both submitted their applications to host the third edition of the Winter YOG to the International Olympic Committee.
There has been a significant increase in the number of cities bidding to host the Olympic Winter Games – with twice as many joining the contest for 2022 compared to four years earlier. Six cities have bid this time, all meeting the application deadline of midnight on November 14th.
The International Olympic Committee has awarded the rights to Ten Network Holdings to broadcast the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. IOC president Jacques Rogge said: “Sochi 2014 will be the first Olympic Winter Games held in Russia, and sports fans around the world will be tuning in to follow the very best of Olympic winter sport next February.”
Pyeongchang has been awarded the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics following a vote in Durban, South Africa. The Winter Olympics is considered to be one of the crown jewels of the $600bn annual sports tourism industry, which will be celebrated later this year as WSDE Sports Tourism Expo reaches Bangkok.
A new state of the art terminal is now open at the Sochi International Airport. The new facility is one of the key infrastructure developments ahead of the city staging Russia’s first Winter Games in 2014.
Whistler Blackcomb, host of next month’s Winter Olympics, is to be auctioned off following the failure of its owner Fortress to make payments on a $1.7 billion loan. The sale will take place in the middle of the Games, and will also include Mont Tremblant, Steamboat, Winter Park, plus six other ski resorts.