IOC Visits Garmisch-Partenkirchen On Second Day of Munich 2018 Inspection

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission headed for the Snow Park of Munich’s 2018 Olympic Winter Games bid Wednesday, day two of a four day agenda.

The 14-member team headed by Gunilla Lindberg visited the Schwaiganger Nordic Centre, proposed venue for Nordic events; Kandahar, the venue for alpine ski events and giant slalom; Hausberg, proposed home to snowboard events and the Olympic Stadium from the 1936 Olympic Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen; the suggested site for the ski jump competition.

On their way, the team was met by a loud group of local supporters who organized on their own to support the German bid. At the Olympic ski jump site, the Evaluation Commission was greeted by several local children who were dressed for skiing and holding banners

The inspectors also visited the proposed press and broadcast venue in Munich at the Messe Muenchen International, a large convention centre built on land previously occupied by an airport.

Bid representatives said that the commission did not ask questions about the disputed land at Kandahar on Wednesday when they visited the site in person, but they had covered it the previous day during closed-door meetings. The land in question is owned by a farmer and located near the base of the ski slope. The landowner refuses to allow any ecological impact that he believes will happen if the Games are held there in 2018.

Earlier this week bid CEO Bernhard Schwank claimed that this issue “is not a problem.”

On Thursday, the Evaluation Commission will review more bid book themes and then will visit more proposed venues at Munich’s Olympic Park. – IOC Evaluation Commission for Munich 2018 – Day 2