Munich 2018 Winter Bid Praised By German Olympic Committee
Thomas Bach, head of the German Olympic Committee (DOSB), praised the concept behind Munich’s proposed bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
At a meeting Friday the German winter sports federations agreed that a Munich bid would involve only three venues. The city itself would stage ice events, Garmish-Partenkirchen would host snow sports and bobsleigh, while skeleton sledding and luge would take place at Konigssee.
Bach said, “I rate this a very convincing and compact concept. I am happy that the winter sports federations ratified it unanimously and that the decision was reached quickly”.
Alfons Hoermann, president of the German ski federation, said after Friday’s meeting “the German winter sports federations see Munich’s bid as a unique chance and support it unanimously.”
A German website reports that traditional resorts such as Ruhpolding (biathlon), Inzell (speed skating) and Oberstdorf (nordic ski) were dropped from the plan with Bach saying that “only a compact proposal has a chance”.
The final DOSB decision on Munich’s bid will be in early December. A bid for the Summer Olympic Games in the near future has been ruled out despite interest from Hamburg and Berlin.
If the DOSB approves the bid, Bavaria’s state capital will reportedly have to spend up to $48 million. Write or read comments about this article
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