July 6 - Olympic President Jacques Rogge credits South Korea's ''patience and perseverance'' for its successful bid to host the 2018 Olympic games. Deborah Gembara reports.
It's official .... Pyeongchang in South Korea wins the Olympics sweepstakes. South Korea crushed its German and French competitors in a landslide victory for the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. IOC President Jacques Rogge made the announcement at a press conference in Durban, South Africa SOUNDBITE: Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president saying: "Congratulations to Pyeongchang and thank you to Annecy and Munich and we understand of course their disappointment but I think there is maybe a lesson in the achievements of Pyeongchang, it's that patience and perseverance have prevailed." This was South Korea's third bid for the Olympics having lost to Canada and Russia in previous rounds. South Korean figure skating champion Kim Yuna was part of the the team that made the bid. SOUNDBITE: Olympic Figure Skating Champion Kim Yuna saying: "So many Korean people, also Pyeongchang team have been working so hard for so long time and they are waiting for this moment and we made it." Members of the South Korean delegation say they think IOC officials were swayed by the fact that many of Pyeongchang's locals turned out to greet them on a recent visit. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.