POSTED: March 20th 2011

IOC's poll of support for Munich 2018 behind times, says German sports boss

Munich's 1974 Olympic Stadium would host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies in 2018 / lake images
Munich's 1974 Olympic Stadium would host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies in 2018 / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/MUNICH, Mar 20: Michael Vesper, general director of the German Olympic sports federation, has played down leaked results of an IOC poll of local support for the 2018 Winter Olympics campaigns.

According to the poll 61pc of Germans questioned supported the Bavarian bid compared with 93pc of Koreans backing PyeongChang. Poorest result was that of the French Alpine city of Annecy which recorded a positive vote among only 51pc of French people polled.

The DOSB's Vesper, according to Suddeutschezeitung, refused to consider the figures a serious indicator of the outcome when members of the International Olympic Committee cast their votes in Durban on July 6. An IOC evaluation commission checked out all three bids in February and March.

Local support

Referring to an ongoing land dispute over a proposed site in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, he said: “You cannot draw conclusions from a time-snatch in December when there was a lot of negative news around and before our TV campaign had really begun. The World Skiing Championships, the visit of the IOC evaluation commission and the local OlimpiJa initiative also came later as well.”

Recent private polls, said Vesper, had suggested local support now running at 75pc. This would be just five per cent below the 80pc claimed at a similar stage by the eventual 2014 Games winner, Sochi.

Vesper was also confident that the bid team would raise, possibly from private capital, the remaining €6.5m needed to hit the bid’s minimum target budget of €30m. He denied that the bid effort had been slow in projecting the need for more commercial support.

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