Zurich chosen over Davos as Swiss candidate for 2014 Winter Olympic Games{mosimage}Zurich has been selected as Switzerland’s candidate city to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

The executive council of the Swiss Olympic Committee (SOC), meeting in Geneva this week, unanimously rejected the bid of Davos, the only other city competing to make a bid.

Zurich was commended for the technical proficiency of its bid even though the city is yet to secure full funding for the proposed construction of new buildings for the Games.

The SOC decided Davos failed to meet several technical requirements. The city was also marked down for its distance from major international airports and the proposed venues.

Switzerland had put Berne forward to stage the 2010 Winter Olympics but was forced to withdraw after a public referendum in the city voted against bidding for the Games.

The country last hosted the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz in 1948. Turin will host the 2006 Winter Games and the 2010 Olympics have been awarded to Vancouver.

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