POSTED: March 4th 2011
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Bach sees 2018 as perfect time for IOC to recharge batteries - in Bavaria

Munich Mayor Christian Ude and Thomas Bach signing off on 'evaluation week' / lake images
Munich Mayor Christian Ude and Thomas Bach signing off on 'evaluation week' / lake images

Munich leaders: Mayor Christian Ude, IOC vice-president Thomas Bach, chair Katawina Witt and ceo Bernard Schwank / lake images
Munich leaders: Mayor Christian Ude, IOC vice-president Thomas Bach, chair Katawina Witt and ceo Bernard Schwank / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE in Munich / Sports Features Communications

MUNICH, Mar 04: The most powerful man in German sport was so inspired by the IOC evaluation visit that he drew on the presidential words of John F Kennedy and the Biblical imagery of Ecclesiastes to sum up his sense of elation at the end of four days under the Olympic spotlight.

Thomas Bach - IOC vice-president, German Olympic sports president and Munich 2018 shareholders’ president – also found words to explain why the Winter Games should return to one of traditional homes instead of heading into unchartered territory.

More than 110 members of the International Olympic Committee will vote in Durban on July 6 in favour of either the first Games region of Annecy (with Chamonix), or of third-time bidder PyeongChang in South Korea or of the ‘new-style’ big-city standard as represented this time around by Munich.

PyeongChang, capitalising on the trend which has taken the the Winter Games to Sochi in 2014 and the Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro in 2016, is favourite.

Bach is not intimidated. He said: “We don’t want to lead the race at idway we want to win at the end - this is much more important than leading the way now."

Message transmission

Offering a cogent argument for a return to one of the original heartlands of winter sports he said: “I hope – and I’m pretty sure – that we managed to convey the message to the commission that this would be a good time for the IOC and the Olympic movement to recharge its batteries after having been to new regions – and rightly so in the cases of both Sochi and Rio.

“Now the times are different. It would be good to recharge, to feel this Olympic atmosphere and share it with the world . . . and then reach out again afterwards to new regions and areas.”

Later, advancing the argument by taking a cue from the oft-quoted passage from Ecclesiastes, he added: "There is a time to share - and a time for new regions. A time for go back to your strength . . ."

As for more resonantly modern imagery, Back turned Kennedy-esque in explaining the added-value proposal that, if Germany won the bid, it would open up its training facilities to be shared by Winter and Summer Games athletes from all round the world.

He said: "This is not about what the Games could do for us but what we could do for the future of the Games."


Keywords · Bach · IOC · evaluation commission · Munich · 2018 Winter Olympics · Kennedy · Ecclesiastes · Bible


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