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Bulgarian capital Sofia to bid for 2014 Games
slam.canoe.ca, 24th June 2005

SOFIA, Bulgaria - Sofia is joining the race to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

It's the third bid from the Bulgarian capital, which lost previous attempts for the 1992 and 1994 Winter Games.

"I hope for more luck this time," Sports Minister Vasil Ivanov said Thursday after the government approved the bid.

Sofia will officially submit its candidacy within a month to the International Olympic Committee, Ivanov said. The deadline is July 28.

Sofia would use two winter resorts - Bansko and Borovets - for ski events.

On Wednesday, the former Soviet republic of Georgia announced it would bid for 2014. Pyeongchang, South Korea; Oestersund, Sweden; and Salzburg, Austria, have also announced plans to bid. The northeastern Chinese city of Harbin is also considering a bid.

The IOC executive board will meet in June 2006 to decide whether to accept all the bids or trim the list. The 2014 host city will be selected by the full IOC at its session in Guatemala City in July 2007.

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