Lee aims to boost S Korea's chances


South Korea's President Lee Myung-Bak has left for South Africa to make a last-minute pitch for his country's third bid to host the Winter Olympics.

Mr Lee departed for the city of Durban in the presidential plane decorated with the emblem of the bidder, Pyeongchang, to press its case before Wednesday's International Olympic Committee vote to select the 2018 host city. He will stay in South Africa until Wednesday to support Pyeongchang, which is running against Munich of Germany and Annecy of France.

South Korea has already invested more than US$1.5 billion to build facilities in and around the town, 180 kilometres east of Seoul.

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