South Korea Olympics committeeThe International Olympic Committee today selected Pyeongchang, South Korea, to be the host city of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Pyeongchang won in the first round of voting during a meeting in Durban, South Africa, with 63 votes. Munich got 25 votes, and Annecy, France, got seven.

"Pyeongchang presented a strong and inspiring project that enjoys massive support from the government and the public," said IOC President Jacques Rogge. "I have every confidence that Pyeongchang will deliver on its commitment and host excellent Games in 2018."

Japan is the only country in Asia that has hosted the Winter Olympics: in Sapporo in 1972, and Nagano in 1998.

In previous bids for the Winter Olympics, South Korea lost out to Vancouver, which hosted the 2010 Games, and Sochi, Russia, which will host in 2014.

"The South Korean project will leave a tremendous legacy as Pyeongchang will become a new winter sports hub in Asia," Rogge said.

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