Munich city council voted overwhelmingly (75-6) Wednesday to approve the draft of the Candidature File of the Munich 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Bernhard Schwank, CEO of Munich 2018, said in a press release, “Munich city council has given a strong signal of support for Munich 2018 with the majority of councillors voting to approve our draft of the Candidature File. There was also strong cross political party support for what we believe will be a convincing and strong Bid Book that we will deliver to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in January 2011”.
Green Party representatives also unanimously voted in favour of the draft. Siegfried Benker, head of the Green Party in Munich’s city council said, “the Green city council members are convinced that the environmental and sustainability concept of the bid comprises great projects which make it possible to combine mega events like the Winter Games with ecological responsibility. Munich has the chance to stand as an example for other big cities hosting such large scale events”.
Katarina Witt, Chair of Munich 2018 said, “I am delighted that we have received this endorsement by elected representatives of Munich, just two weeks before our first presentation to the Olympic Family at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Acapulco, Mexico. This vote will send a powerful signal to the Olympic Movement of the growing support at every level for Munich 2018. We now have the foundation to build real momentum toward the final vote”.
Schwank added, “we are confident that our two-park concept, our meticulous planning and our environmental and sustainability concept will also convince the council of Garmish-Partenkirchen, the district council of the Berchtesgadener Land and our shareholders assembly”.