POSTED: June 24th 2011
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Munich 2018 embraces a youthful Olympic Day with sportfests

Munich 2018 team after running in the marathon relay at Munich Marathon / Munich 2018 / Martin Hangen
Munich 2018 team after running in the marathon relay at Munich Marathon / Munich 2018 / Martin Hangen

Munich 2018 sports ambassadors and Olympians Andi and Uli Kapp / Munich 2018
Munich 2018 sports ambassadors and Olympians Andi and Uli Kapp / Munich 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/MUNICH, Jun 24: The Munich 2018 bid for the Olympics commemorated Olympic Day throughout Bavaria with a series of youth targeted sportfests looking to inspire the young generations to come. Several sports events and cultural happenings are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks to put emphasis on wellness and to reach out to the youth in the region this summer and to promote Olympism.

Olympic Day was celebrated with the opening of the Youth Sports Festival in Burghausen, Bavaria gathering 2000 young German sports ambassadors for four days of sports, music and entertainment.

CEO Bernhard Schwank, said, “Munich 2018 is a bid for the athletes of tomorrow. For 100 years, the youth of the world has been at the very core of the Olympic Movement. To motivate kids and young people to participate in sports will remain one of the central challenges in our future.

“To host an Olympic and Paralympic Games in Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Lake Königssee would provide an invaluable contribution to achieving the goal.” 

Munich 2018 also marked Olympic Day by uploading a special album on their Facebook page with photos of athletes and sports fans.

On 26 June the FIFA Women’s World Cup will open in Berlin with the first match, and the annual Munich City Race with 18,000 runners will take place.

Three days prior to the vote, on July 3rd Munich will host the Munich Sports Festival with a testing ground for people of all ages to try out up to 50 different sports. In February, the Winter Sports Festival was a great success so over 40,000 people are expected to turn up for the summer edition. This will also include the Olympic Day Run where competitors over 15 can participate.

Also during the Festival, a panel session will be held at the Munich Stadtmuseum including Heike Drechsler, two-time Olympic champion in long jump; Felix Loch, Olympic gold medallist in luge; and Anna Schaffelhuber, three-time Paralympic bronze medallist in alpine skiing, and they will talk about what Olympism means to them.

On July 4th the German Olympic Academy will host a poster exhibit entitled ‘Fascination Olympics – Five Rings, One Ideal’ and add to the cultural side of the events.

All in all the excitement and momentum will be building for the final vote on July 6th in Durban, South Africa at the IOC Session. Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang are all competing for the same podium, to host the winter Olympics and Paralympics of 2018.


Keywords · Munich 2018 · Olympic Bidding · Bernhard Schwank


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