IOC Announces 2018 Olympic Bid Election Schedule in Durban

On Thursday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) published the schedule for the organization’s 123rd Session to be held in Durban, South Africa from July 4th to July 9th, 2011. On July 6 the IOC members will elect the host for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The event will take place at Durban’s International Convention Centre (ICC) and organizers expect up to 400 members of the press and additional international broadcast media. The IOC will be producing a live, high-definition broadcast of the bid city presentations, press conferences, election vote and final announcement cereomony that will be made available for television coverage.

Munich in Germany, Annecy in France and PyeongChang in South Korea are the three candidates vying for the hosting rights to the Games in 2018. They will make final, live presentations to the voting IOC members before the final election.

The following is the schedule for July 6, in local Durban time, as published by the IOC.

  • 8.30-8.45 a.m. President’s opening remarks and Opening of the 123rd IOC Session – followed by the presentations of the 2018 Candidate Cities

  • 8.45-9.55 a.m. Presentation by Munich, Germany
  • 10.10 a.m. Media conference by Munich, Germany
  • 10.25–11.35 a.m. Presentation by Annecy, France
  • 11.50 a.m. Media conference by Annecy, France
  • 12.05–1.15 p.m. Presentation by PyeongChang, South Korea
  • 1.30 p.m. Media conference by PyeongChang, South Korea
  • 2.45–3.15 p.m. Report by the IOC Evaluation Commission
  • 3.35–3.50 p.m. Vote and election of the host city for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018
  • 5-5.30 p.m. Announcement ceremony of the host city for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018
  • 6-6.45 p.m. Signature of the Host City Contract and joint IOC/host city media conference

The three cities are also scheduled to make presentations to the IOC May 18th in Lausanne. The IOC will release an evaluation report based on submitted bid books and site inspections on May 10.