China eyes up 2018

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Sports officials in China are travelling to Harbin in order to evaluate the feasibility of the city's proposed bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Harbin, the capital city of northern province Heilongjiang, failed to make the shortlist for the 2010 Games which will be held in the Canadian city of Vancouver in February next year. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched the bid process for the 2018 Games at the end of July 2009. A Harbin Sports Bureau spokesperson has revealed that a positive evaluation from China's sports governing body, the State General Administration of Sports, is required before a formal bid can be lodged. "Representatives from the administration will arrive in Harbin in a couple of days and evaluate the feasibility of the bid with local officials, " the spokesperson told news agency Xinhua. There are also reports that Changchun in the neighbouring Jilin province has also been suggested as a potential bidder ahead of the closing date for candidate cities on 15 October 2009. Other bidders for the Winter Games in 2018 include Annecy in France, Munich in Germany and Pyeongchang in South Korea. About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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