Monday, November 11, 2013
Munich votes to back 2022 Winter Olympic bid
The city, which staged the 1972 summer Games, and the neighboring Alpine communities are holding a referendum after the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) decided in September to launch another bid. The 98 member organisations of the DOSB, who claim to represent a total of 27.8 million members, backed the bid at a meeting led by Verena Bentele, a 12-time Paralympic gold medallist, in Munich.
Voters in Munich, the Alpine resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and the nearby Bavarian districts of Traunstein and Berchtesgadener Land are being asked in four separate referendums on Sunday:
"Are you in favor of the [Bavarian] capital city, Munich, along with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the districts of Traunstein and Berchtesgadener Land, bidding for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic winter Games?".
If a majority of voters cast their ballots in favor of bidding for the games, and if this majority is at least 10 percent of all eligible voters (20 percent in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) in all four referendums, Munich will officially launch a bid for the Games.
Roughly 1.3 million Bavarians are eligible to take part in the four referendums Sunday, and the first returns are expected later on Sunday. Official results are scheduled to be announced on Tuesday.
Several candidates have this week come forward to declare that they are bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, joining Almaty in Kazakhstan, who had declared in September that they were candidates.
Among them is the Norwegian capital Oslo, whose residents had voted to back a bid in their own referendum in September.
Other cities to declare they want the Games are Lviv in Ukraine and joint bids from Beijing and Zhangjiakou in China and Poland and Slovakia with Krakow as its centre.
Sweden's capital Stockholm will make a decision at the start of next week about whether they bid or not.
Munich, together with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the nearby Bavarian districts of Traunstein and Berchtesgadener Land are applying to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The election of the host city will take place during the 127th IOC Session, to be held in Kuala Lumpur on 31 July 2015.
Munich's bid will be based on previous plans for 2018, although some amendments have been made.
The most significant of these is holding the aerials and halfpipe at the Olympic Park built for the 1972 Olympics and which continues to host a series of major sporting and social events.
Another change would see biathlon and cross country skiing events being moved from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Ruhpolding and into the county Traunstein, making using of an existing venue which held the 2012 World Championships and stages and stages an annual World Cup.
The adaptations mean that the 2018 two park concept with a stand alone sliding centre venue in Königssee would turn into a three park concept with an ice cluster in Munich, snow cluster in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a endurance and sliding zone in Chiemgau-Königssee.
"We would like to offer the most sustainable Olympic Winter Games in history, using an existing Olympic Park and many existing world-class venues such as the ski tracks and the ski jumping hill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the biathlon venue in Ruhpolding and the sliding centre in Schönau/Königssee", said Hans-Peter Krämer, who has replaced Thomas Bach as acting President of the DOSB following his election as new head of the IOC.