Munich 2018 Hits Blockade

AFP reports Munich’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games has run into a blockade, since only two of 80 property owners of Bavarian farms situated at the ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen have signed contracts to make their land available should Munich win its bid for the 2018 Games.

Josef Glatz, chairman of the Pasture Association Garmisch, said, “we’ve hit a dead end. It will be very difficult to convince anyone to support Olympia”.

He accused state leaders and the local Olympic committee of having simply assumed that the property was theirs to use if the region wins the bid, and to have ignored warnings to the contrary, adding “people are bitter”.

Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer is to hold a cabinet meeting Tuesday in Garmish to discuss the blockade.

AFP reports the town’s world-class ski slopes are considered essential to Munich’s bid.

According to AFP the village of Schwaiganger has said it is ready to stand in for Garmish-Partenkirchen.