The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that three cities have been put forward by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to apply to host the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and XII Paralympic Winter Games in 2018. The cities, in alphabetical order, are: Annecy (France), Munich (Germany) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea).* NOCs had until 15 October 2009 to notify the IOC that a city within their jurisdiction was interested in applying.
The three Applicant Cities will now proceed to Phase 1 of the IOC’s two-step procedure, which will lead to the election of the 2018 host city in Durban, South Africa, in July 2011. Phase 1, called the Candidature Acceptance Procedure, involves a thorough review by the IOC of each city’s potential to organise successful Olympic Winter Games in 2018. Cities must answer a questionnaire, and their answers are studied by the IOC, before the IOC Executive Board selects the cities that will become Candidate Cities and therefore move on to Phase 2.
In Phase 2, known as the Candidature Procedure, Candidate Cities will be requested to submit their Candidature File – which is an in-depth description of their Olympic project – and will be subject to a technical assessment made by a visiting team – the IOC Evaluation Commission. The IOC Evaluation Commission publishes a report, which is sent to the IOC members no later than one month before they cast their vote at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban.
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