POSTED: June 9th 2011

Munich 2018 and Allianz Arena to host star studded sports fest

Allianz Arena is home to FC Bayern Munich / Munich 2018
Allianz Arena is home to FC Bayern Munich / Munich 2018

NIKKI WICKS / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/MUNICH, June 9: The Munich 2018 bid committee has partnered with national sponsor, Allianz SE to host a winter sports festival rallying public support ahead of the impending IOC vote.

On Saturday 11 June, the iconic Allianz Arena, home of FC Bayern Munich, will host ‘Stars, the Winter Games and You!,’ a celebration of winter sports that is set to welcome more than 800 young athletes and 40 world-famous sports ambassadors.

The event will aim to showcase Munich’s credentials for hosting the 2018 Winter Games and will include a number sporting legends leading the festivities, alongside world-famous musicians and performers.

As well as attracting an estimated 25,000 winter sports fans, the event is also set to be broadcast live on national television and the Munich bid team are hoping to demonstrate its Festival of Friendship scheme, that will greet the Olympic family in 2018 should the Games be awarded.

Munich 2018 sports ambassadors Georg Hackl, three-time Olympic champion in luge, and Markus Wasmeier, two-time Olympic champion in alpine skiing, will be taking to the stage in support of the bid and showcase their skills for the public.

Commenting on the event, CEO of the Munich 2018 bid committee, Bernhard Schwank said: “It’s really great that people from across the nation will join us in Munich this weekend to back the bid – it shows just how much the public is behind us. We also get to show the world that Munich is the place to be for winter sports, even in the height of summer.

Adding: “At the ‘Stars, the Winter Games, and You!’ celebration, each Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games discipline will be represented by huge balloon icons as, for one day only, football gives up the limelight at the Allianz Arena. The event will help spread the Olympic spirit to all ages, with young families invited to try their hands at the winter sports in the stadium.”

The IOC is set to vote on which city will host the 2018 Winter Games on July 6 in Durban, South Africa. Munich are up against South Korea's Pyeongchang and the French city of Annecy.

Keywords · Munich 2018 · Olympic bidding · Allianz SE

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