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46OLYMPIC REVIEWwww.olympic.org2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMESAboveGuatemala Citywill host the119th IOCSession, whichbegins on 4 JulyOn 4 July 2007, the 119th IOC Session willbegin in Guatemala City. The maindecision to be taken by the IOC memberswill be the election of the Host City for the XXIIOlympic Winter Games in 2014.Sochi (Russia), Salzburg (Austria) and PyeongChang(Republic of Korea) were accepted by the IOC'sExecutive Board in June 2006 as Candidate Cities tohost the 2014 Winter Games.* They were selectedunanimously from a total of seven Applicant Citieswhich also included Jaca (Spain), Almaty(Kazakhstan), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Borjomi (Georgia). The selection process for the Olympic Games hostcity consists of two phases which enables the IOC toexamine the capability of a city wishing to host theGames and then to evaluate the strengths andweaknesses of the city's proposed project.The first phase consists of cities applying to stageDECISION DAYOLYMPIC REVIEW LOOKS AHEAD TO THE ELECTION OF THE HOST CITY FOR THE 2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

www.olympic.orgOLYMPIC REVIEW472014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMESthe Games. After consideration by the IOC ExecutiveBoard, some of them are then approved as CandidateCities. This launches the Candidature Procedure,phase two of the bid process, in which the CandidateCities prepare their Candidature Files which are thensubmitted to the IOC. Each city's credentials are thenexamined by an IOC Evaluation Commission.The Evaluation Commission for the 2014 OlympicWinter Games, chaired by Chiharu Igaya andcomposed of representatives of the OlympicMovement and a number of specialists, has visitedeach of the three Candidate Cities and provided areport to the IOC members. This report is alsoavailable on www.olympic.org."The Evaluation Commission plays a key role inassessing the Candidate Cities' ability to hostsuccessful Olympic Winter Games in 2014. We havehere an excellent team, and I am pleased thatChiharu Igaya has accepted to lead it. As an Olympicmedallist and current IOC Vice-President, he hasgreat knowledge of the Olympic Movement and whatit takes to organise the Olympic Winter Games. Hisexperiences as a member of the Nagano 1998Organising Committee and Chairman of the 2006Evaluation Commission, together with the support ofan experienced team will be tremendous assets," said IOC President Jacques Rogge.In Guatemala City, Chiharu Igaya will present afinal report of the Evaluation Commission, which willbe followed by the IOC members' vote. The result willthen be announced by President Rogge.Over the next 12 pages, Olympic Review featuresthe three Candidate Cities through an excerpt fromthe Candidature Files - section 1.2: Vision of theOlympic Winter Games. ?*(in order of the drawing of lots).