Munich 2018 began counting down the 100 days before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) elects the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games with its newest official ambassador, a polar bear named Giovanna.
Giovanna is the star attraction at Munich’s popular Hellabrunn Zoo. Two large banners with the polar bear sporting her Munich 2018 scarf will promote the bid to up to 17,000 daily zoo-goers.
Jurgen Buhl, Managing Director of Munich 2018, said, “the final 100-day countdown has started. Having such a successful IOC Evaluation Commission visit pushed our bid forward. We are entering the home straight and we want to cross the finishing line in first place. We are now preparing for the next important milestones – SportAccord from 3 to 8 April, and the technical presentation to the IOC in Lausanne in May. It is very important for us to use the international presentations to communicate our strengths to the world of sport’s most influential players and share with them our vision of a holistic Festival of Friendship”.
On the day the IOC makes it’s announcement as to who will host the 2018 Games, it will be broadcast live onto a huge screen on Munich’s historic Marienplatz, home of Oktoberfest.
Bernhard Schwank, CEO of Munich 2018, said, “having just delivered two compelling presentations to AIPS in Seoul and ONOC in New Caledonia, the bid committee is preparing for the next vital stop on its calendar – the SportAccord Convention in London from 3 to 8 April”.