8 Sep 2009

China will back bid for 2018 Winter Games

6:45 am on 8 September 2009

China's sports ministry will back a bid from any enthusiastic city to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The northern city of Harbin, which hosted the Winter University Games earlier this year, submitted a bid proposal to China's State Council last month, while 2007 Asian Winter Games venue Changchun in Jilin province was also reported to be interested.

China has until October 15th to inform the International Olympic Committee of any bid city.