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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 May, 2003, 13:15 GMT 14:15 UK
Winter Games bidders revise plans
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The IOC said all bidders would host "very good" Games

The Austrian city of Salzburg has presented an amended proposal to stage the 2010 Winter Olympic Games after criticism from the International Olympic Committee.

Salzburg is competing against Canada's Vancouver and Pyeongchang of South Korea for the right to host the event. The winner will be announced on 2 July in Prague.

Last week the IOC issued its report on the bidding cities, saying all three candidates would host "very good" Olympics.

However, the IOC had some issues with Austrian and South Korean bids.

The three were not officially rated, although some pundits say that the South Korean bid is least likely to win the support of the IOC. Vancouver is believed to be the front-runner.

"We could not be happier with this report. It is fair and thorough and we accept it without reservation," said Vancouver bid chairman Jack Poole.

We are willing to revisit our planning and do our best to make our weaknesses strengths
Egon Winkler, head of the Salzburg's bid

Salzburg was criticised for its accommodation problems, the sprawling sports venue network and the whole concept for the Paralympics.

"With our adjustments, our aim is to take a good concept and make it great," said Egon Winkler, head of the committee trying to bring the Games to Mozart's birthplace.

"Our goal has always been to stage perfect Games, and therefore we are willing to revisit our planning and do our best to make our weaknesses strengths."

Earlier Kim Jin-sun, head of the 2010 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee, said the city will soon submit to the IOC a detailed report on how it plans improve its shortcomings.

In order to promote his country's bid, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun might attend the IOC meeting in Prague.

"Because of other schedules, nothing has been decided. But my understanding is that it will be positively considered," the presidential spokeswoman said on Monday.

Meanwhile, the 2010 bidding process is being closely monitored by those hoping to stage the 2012 Summer Olympic.

They are not interested which city wins the bid, but on which continent the Games will be held.

Officials in Moscow, which is among several 2012 bidders, were quoted as saying that if Vancouver win it will raise Europe's - and Russia's - chances of stage the Summer Games.

They believe that should 2010 Olympic Games be given to the North America, IOC would not present the 2012 Games to the same continent.

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