2018 Winter Bid Cities At AIPS

The three cities bidding for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games – Annecy, Munich and PyeongChang – are in Seoul promoting their bids at the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Global media congress.

Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na, honorary ambassador of PyeongChang 2018’s bid committee, gave a welcoming speech at Tuesday’s opening of the congress.

Cho Yang-ho, president of the committee, and Kwang Kwang-bae, sports director of the organization, will make presentations.

Also Tuesday Culture Minister Choung Byoung-gug hosted a welcome reception for participants.

The Korea Times reports PyeongChang 2018 will offer free wireless Internet and the media centre will be located close to journalist’s accommodations, should it win the 2018 bid.

The PyeongChang media village will be a five-minute walk from the Main Press Center and the International Broadcasting Center in the Alpensia Cluster, which will have its own Coastal Media Center.

Charles Beigbeder, President of Annecy 2018, is leading a bid delegation to the congress. Beigbeder and bid Vice President Jean-Pierre Vidal will make a 15-minute presentation on behalf of Annecy to media from more than 100 countries.

Beigbeder said, “some of the most influential and informed journalists in world sport are members of the AIPS and this congress represents an excellent opportunity for us to share our vision of a Games that would benefit Winter Sports everywhere.

“It is vital in the final months of the campaign we travel the world and listen to feedback from people involved in the Olympic movement. We thank the AIPS for inviting us to join them at their 74th Annual Congress in Seoul”.

Wednesday the three bid cities are scheduled to deliver a 15-minute presentation at the convention centre.

On the final day the participants are scheduled to visit PyeongChang in Gangwon Province to check some of its proposed venues for the 2018 Games.