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Session’s opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 123rd IOC Session in Durban will be held at the Playhouse Theatre in Durban on Tuesday, 5 July.

Then it’s on to the highlight of the Session, when the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics will be announced on Wednesday evening. Three cities are bidding for the honour of hosting the Games, Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and Pyeongchang (South Korea) in order of lots drawn.

IOC President Dr Jacques Rogge, who arrived in Durban to a warm reception on Monday, 4 July, is confident that all three of the bid cities will be able to host fantastic Games and the IOC Evaluation Commission is similarly confident that the three are capable of hosting the Games.

The Korean city of Pyeongchang has already made two bids to host the Games, losing out to Vancouver, Canada in 2010 and Sochi, Russia in 2014. Munich meanwhile, is hoping to become the first city to host both the Winter and Summer Games. The city last hosted the Summer Games in 1972.
The 123rd IOC Session, the first time is being hosted on the African continent, will run from 4-9 July.

Dr Rogge headed an IOC Executive Board meeting in Durban on Monday 4 July. Among subjects discussed were the programmes for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The Executive Board also selected Lima, Peru as the host city for the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All in 2013.


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