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Pyeongchang Seeks to Secure Floating Votes

Posted June. 23, 2007 04:33,   

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The Pyeongchang Bid Committee, which failed to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, will make an all-out effort to secure floating votes in an attempt to bring the 2014 Winter Olympics home.

It is true that most indicators reveal Pyeongchang has the lead. According to the IOC Evaluation Commission’s inspection report announced on June 4, Pyeongchang overwhelmed competitors such as Salzburg in Austria and Sochi in Russia. Pyeongchang has been in the lead since it gained the highest bid index of 64.90 in April this year by GamesBids.com, followed by Salzburg (63.93) and Sochi (60.95). According to the website’s ongoing survey on the possibility of hosting the Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang earned about 45 percent of the votes as of Friday, easily beating its rivals Salzburg (28 percent) and Sochi (24 percent).

However, it is too early to conclude anything. Although various figures can be used as a reference, they are still just numbers. Pyeongchang even won the first round of votes over Vancouver, Canada by 51 to 40 at the Prague General Session held four years ago. However, it lost its bid by 53 to 56 in the second round of votes that took place just five minutes later after excluding Salzburg. The hearts of IOC members are as capricious as a drop of water on a lotus leaf. That’s why it is important to secure undecided votes.

Secret electronic voting will be conducted at 6:30 a.m. on July 5. Unless a candidate city earns more than half of the votes in the first round of votes, another round of votes will be taken to select to the final winner between the top two cities. Among the 111 IOC members, IOC president Jacques Rogge, Korean IOC member Park Yong-sung, one Austrian member, and three Russian members will not participate in the first round of votes. Two OIC members of Germany, which will host the meeting, will not also cast their ballots.

Candidate cities will give a presentation in order of Sochi, Salzburg and Pyeongchang. Since the presentation is the last chance to win the hearts of soft voters, Pyeongchang will have the advantage of possibly leaving a strong impression on IOC members right before the vote takes place.



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