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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ The South Korean town of Pyeongchang paid $500,000 to the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday, as required by all candidates bidding to host the 2010 Winter Games.

Pyeongchang is competing against Salzburg, Austria, and Vancouver, British Columbia. The IOC will make its final decision on July 2 in Prague, Czech Republic, after onsite inspections.

The IOC uses the money to conduct onsite surveys and other activities needed to decide a successful bidder, according to Jun Sang-duk, an official at the 2010 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee.

IOC officials are scheduled to start inspection of Pyeongchang on Feb. 14, Jun said.

Pyeongchang is a small rural town, 100 miles east of Seoul. It is surrounded by thickly wooded, high mountain ridges which provide ideal ski slopes. Organizers have offered to use three separate ski resorts in the area for the games.