POSTED: June 23rd 2010

Munich 2018 buoyant about IOC Winter Games candidate decision

Munich team waiting the final decision / lake images
Munich team waiting the final decision / lake images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE, June 22: The Munich 2018 bid team was feeling quite pleased with the outcome of the IOC executive board to elevate the German applicant city to candidate status.

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel said, “The Munich Bid is of national importance to the Federal Government, and we will continue to support it fully. It would be fantastic if Germany had the chance to present itself as an open and friendly host to the Olympic and Paralympic family.”

IOC vice-president, Thomas Bach, was not present at the executive board discussion on the bidding cities as a member from an applicant city. He noted on the challenge, “This marks the beginning of the second stage of an Olympic competition like no other.

"There will be no silver or bronze award - just gold. That means that the bid committee will now need to work together intensively with political representatives, in order to convince both the German people and members of the IOC about the advantages of hosting the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Munich.”

Bid leader Willy Bogner says, “We were really happy I think the team did a really good job. We are well on the way. We are really motivated to go on and listen to learn more.”

Double Olympic skating champion, Katarina Witt, also serves as chair of the board of trustees.

Witt said, “We’ve overcome another vital hurdle. Now we need to make sure the Bid Book we submit on 11 January next year is perfect. That will give us momentum as we head towards our final presentation in Durban, where, hopefully, we can demonstrate to the IOC members all the unique assets that make Munich the ideal host city for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Witt also noted that the team was pleased with the IOC evaluation.

“We are very happy that most of the points are so positive. Mostly in our main targets as well such as the sports venues, the environment and the infrastructure. This reinforces that we are on the right track and we have a very strong concept,” she said.

“You know that things can always be better even if things are very good, they can always improve. So it is a challenging year ahead of us and we will work as hard as we can.”

“We have a great history of amazing sporting events and people have visited and seen the passion in the audience and with the fans. They support the athletes in general.”

Bogner remained cautious on going forward and not losing focus.

“It is a good German quality to constantly improve and that is how we will look at the next steps with the bid and if we win the next seven years will be intense for the preparations,” he said.

Keywords · Munich 2018 · Thomas Bach · Angela Merkel · Willy Bogner · Katarina Witt

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