03 Jul '11, 12am

Korean president arrives in Durban for 2018 Olympics vote [StraitsTimes Sport]

DURBAN (South Africa) - SOUTH Korean president Lee Myung Bak arrived here on Saturday to lobby on behalf of Pyeongchang for the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, a bid source told AFP. Mr Lee will be hoping to convince the majority of the hundred-plus members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to give Pyeongchang the Games at the third successive time of asking. Pyeongchang, who finished runners-up in the contests to organise the 2010 and 2014 Games, are up against German candidate Munich and the French Alpine town of Annecy. If successful, it would be the first time that the Winter Olympics are held in South Korean and only the third time in Asia. The previous two were both held in Japan, most recently in Nagano in 1988, the year that the South Korean capital Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics. The German president Christian Wulff and French prime minister F...

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