POSTED: November 13th 2010

Munich 2018: Focus on the athletes a big priority and guarantees full stadia

Munich wants to create the best possible sporting experience for the athletes / Munich 2018 Martin Hangen
Munich wants to create the best possible sporting experience for the athletes / Munich 2018 Martin Hangen

NIKKI WICKS / Sports Features Communications

LONDON, Nov 13: In a presentation to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly in Guangzhou, China, delegates from Munich 2018 vowed to keep its bid firmly focussed on providing the world's athletes with the best possible sporting experience.

Chair of the bid committee, Katarina Witt, was joined by Minister of State and head of the Bavarian State Chancellery, Siegfried Schneider, and bid committee CEO, Bernhard Schwank at the assembly inGuangzhou, where the 16th Asian Games are currently underway.

Also present were president of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), Thomas Bach, and fellow Olympian and IOC member, Claudia Bokel.

The presentation centred on Munich 2018’s ‘Festival of Friendship’ – a concept designed to create the perfect conditions for elite athletic performance.

Witt also told the audience of presidents and secretaries general of Asia’s National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and other influential members of the Olympic family that Munich will guarantee full stadia, should they be awarded the 2018 Games.

She told the assembly: ‘The experience that we create for athletes at the Winter Games should be the greatest experience of their lives. The atmosphere should be more than they have ever dreamed of. Full stadia, fans who cheer for everyone, a city filled with the festival spirit. A nation completely swept up in the celebration.

'A world fascinated by their stories and glued to their televisions. And that is exactly what your athletes will experience in Bavaria. We are not just promising full stadia – we guarantee full stadia. Germany delivers the kind of winter sport events that inspire athletes to perform at their best.’

Bernhard Schwank was also keen to emphasise that Munich is a sports-driven bid, with athletes’ needs at the forefront of its concept design:

‘A Two Park plan that blends competition and celebration sites into a unified setting: 90% of all events concentrated in the Ice Park and Snow Park; 80% of the athletes within five minutes of their venues. Only three new venues to build, all on existing sports sites. Full stadia for every event and a magical atmosphere throughout the city,’ he said.

Munich 2018’s presentation comes on the third day of the delegation’s stay in China. The bid cities will be required to hand in their bid books January 11th to the IOC and the evaluation visits will take place starting in February. The final vote will take place July 6 in Durban, South Africa at the IOC session.

Keywords · Munich 2018 · Olympic bidding · Katarina Witt · Siegfried Schneider · Bernhard Schwank

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