POSTED: March 4th 2011

Lindberg owns up to finding Munich just as the IOC would have expected

Gunilla Lindberg: last stop on the evaluation trail / lake images
Gunilla Lindberg: last stop on the evaluation trail / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE in Munich / Sports Features Communications

MUNICH, Mar 04: Gunilla Lindberg, wrapping up an IOC evaluation voyage around three venues in two far-spread continents over four weeks, said nothing in Munich had surprised her 14-strong team.

Bid leaders in the Bavarian capital, pursuing host rights to the 2018 Winter Olympics Games, would have drawn a double positive: both nothing negative to say in public plus an unspoken  acknowledgement of the strengths of the city and German winter sports.

Lindberg, as previously in Annecy and PyeongChang, was constrained by a diplomatic need to keep significant assessments under wraps until the publication of the tree-way report on May 10, eight days ahead of the IOC briefing session in Lausanne.

But, acknowledging that she and two other commission members had been involved at the summer Games in Munich in 1972, she said: “We know this is a city which has hosted a lot of sports competition. We went to Garmisch which has just hosted the world ski championships and we went back to the Olympic Park. It’s still very nice.

"I can’t believe it’s so many years since it hosted the Olympic Games . . .”

She left the sentence in midair, acknowledging that Munich has a particular place in Games history which which can be acknowledged fully only when and if the Olympic movement returns to the city.

Keywords · IOC · evaluation commission · Munich · 2018 Winter Olympics · Lindberg

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