POSTED: November 27th 2010

Munich 2018 counts on support from Europe for sake of winter sports legacy

Munich team supports the European history for winter sport / Munich 2018
Munich team supports the European history for winter sport / Munich 2018

LAURA WALDEN in Belgrade / Sports Features Communications

BELGRADE, Nov 27: The value of maintaining a Winter Olympics legacy in the heart of Europe was underlined by the Munich 2018 bid at the EOC general assembly here in Belgrade.

As  bid chair and gold medal-winning skater Katarina Witt said: “It is good to be among so many friends and colleagues in Europe, because Europe is the homeland of Olympic sport."

She added: "It was here the Winter Games took root and grew to cover the globe. We should all be proud of what Europe has done for the Olympic Movement – and what it continues to do. So it is critical that we stand together to ensure that the roots of Olympic sport remain strong and healthy here, so that it can continue to inspire the growth of winter sport everywhere.”

Witt was speaking also with a dose of nostalgic deja-vu as she skated to an iconic gold medal-winning performance at the 1984 Games in Sarajevo.

Bid ceo Bernhard Schwank said: “The European NOCs are among the most knowledgeable winter sport experts so this was a very important presentation for us. I hope that our European colleagues could see the significant benefits of our compact Two-Park concept.

"I hope they realise that we are offering the weight of our expertise and experience in hosting world championships and World Cups in winter sports.”

IOC vice-president Thomas Bach closed the presentation, adding: “In Munich, the Festival of Friendship will capture the imagination of the whole world. Our plan for the Games will produce what every athlete on an Olympic team wants - the experience of a lifetime in an atmosphere of unparalleled excitement.”

Munich is in the running with Annecy and PyeongChang to host the 2018 winter Games. The vote takes place at the IOC session in Durban on July 6.

Keywords · Munich 2018 · Olympic bidding · Thomas Bach · Katarina Witt · Bernhard Schwank

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