IOC sets dates for visits to 2018 bid cities

The French town of Annecy will be the first stop on the IOC tour

of the three candidates for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The IOC’s evaluation commission will visit Annecy from Feb.

9-12, followed by trips to Pyeongchang, South Korea, from Feb.

16-19 and Munich from March 1-4.

The panel will inspect proposed venues and facilities and meet

local organizers and officials.

Before then, the bid cities must submit their detailed plans to

the International Olympic Committee by Jan. 11.

The IOC will select the host city in a vote in Durban, South

Africa, on July 6.