The list of candidate cities to host the 2014 Winter Olympics
has been reduced to three.
The International Olympic Committee announced Thursday that
Salzburg, Austria, PyeongChang, South Korea and Sochi, Russia are the final
There were seven cities competing to host the 2014 Winter
Games. Jaca, Spain, Almaty, Kazakhstan, Sofia, Bulgaria and Borjomi, Georgia
were also candidates.
The selection of the three finalists was based on a study and
report on the candidate cities submitted in February. The study and report were
made by a working group comprising Olympic experts who made a technical
assessment of each applicant city. The selection by the IOC executive board of
Salzburg, PyeongChang and Sochi was unanimous.
Salzburg and PyeongChang were also finalists to host the 2010
Winter Olympics, which were awarded in 2003 to Vancouver and Whistler.
The final decision on the host city for the 2014 Winter
Olympics will be made by the full IOC membership in July 2007.
Jack Poole, chair of the board of VANOC, offered his
congratulations to the three finalists.
"On behalf of everyone
associated with Vancouver 2010, we congratulate the 2014 candidate cities
PyeongChang, Salzburg and Sochi on reaching the challenging and important next
step in their bids to host the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and we
wish them luck in the next stage of the bid phase," Poole said in a release.