Munich 2018 Olympic Winter Games Bid Has “Unprecedented Public And Political Support”

Senior Munich 2018 bid officials presented what they called an outstanding athlete and future friendly concept, together with unprecedented public and political support, at a press conference Monday in its bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

The German bid is part of the Vancouver 2010 observers’ program organized by the International Olympic Committee; and each bid is permitted to hold one press conference to present their campaign.

The Munich 2018 delegation included Munich 2018 CEO Willy Bogner, Thomas Bach, President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, Munich Lord Mayor Christian Ude, and Dr. Thomas de Maiziere, Federal Minister of the Interior, and Siegfried Schneider, Bavaria’s State Minister. Olympic skating legend Katarina Witt, Chair of Munich 2018, was also part of the bid team.

Bogner introduced the bid’s vision of hosting the Games that are athlete-friendly, friendly to the Olympic Family and the values of sport, and friendly to the future. He defined the plan as sustainable with a compact two-cluster, two village concept with ice events in Munich’s Olympic Park and the snow events in Garmish-Partenkirchen, less than an hour away by road or rail.

He said, “the Munich 2018 concept is based on meeting the needs of athletes with a plan that is based on excellent, existing, world class venues. Our concept is also future friendly with a sustainable plan that will see only three new permanent sports venues, thus minimizing the environmental impact”.

Mayor Ude, speaking of the legacy of the bid, said, “Munich 2018 offers a clear vision for turning the Munich Olympic Park into a new winter sport centre that can serve the Olympic Movement for the next 40 years”.

Bavarian State Minister Siegfried Schneider stressed the support of the bid by the regional government saying, “(the) Bavarian Government is fully united behind this bid. In addition to the assets of Munich, our region will provide a world-class alpine sports resort that has hosted hundreds of winter world cups and several world championships over the last decades. In 2011 the resort will host the FIS World Skiing Championships which will leave new state-of-the-art venues for the 2018 Games”.

Federal Minister Dr. Thomas de Maiziere emphasized that “the Federal Government is fully united behind the Munich bid and will provide the financial support and political will necessary, along with all our partners, to produce a bid that offers the Olympic Movement a truly excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The whole of Germany will join in celebration of friendship and winter sport for the 2018s Games”.

Katarina Witt ended the presentation saying that the Games in Munich “would strengthen the heartland of winter sport by reaching young people and firing up their passion for winter sport through every means possible”.

Bids are expected to submit preliminary bid dossiers to the IOC in March – the final vote will be in Durban, South Africa in 2011.