POSTED: June 26th 2011

Munich 2018 focusing on NOC outreach program

Bavaria has world class venues for NOC exchanges such as those in the Olympic Park / Munich 2018
Bavaria has world class venues for NOC exchanges such as those in the Olympic Park / Munich 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/MUNICH, Jun 26: A high level Munich 2018 delegation took off for the ANOCA general assembly in Lomé, Togo to further their message as to how they plan to share German facilities and expertise with NOCs around the world.

The delegation included bid chair and Olympian figure skater Katarina Witt, IOC vice president and head of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), Thomas Bach, and ceo, Bernhard Schwank.

The DOSB is already working with 12 African countries and Munich 2018 intends to emphasize their point that all the 205 NOCs could benefit from German know-how and world class facilities for both winter and summer sports.

Witt said, “It is great to have the opportunity to share Munich 2018’s vision with the Olympic family this week, especially as I’m sure many of the people here may already have experienced the benefits of the DOSB’s outreach programme.

“We will offer opportunities to athletes and coaches from every sport and every nation; Munich 2018 is committed to using our excellent resources to help strengthen the Olympic Movement. The DOSB has been running a groundbreaking NOC outreach programme for 50 years. A total of 1,300 projects spanning 5 continents have touched the lives of over 100,000 athletes.”

Ceo Schwank commented, “Munich 2018 understands and appreciates the importance of reaching out to NOCs around the world. We will continue to build on our strong heritage in this regard in the lead up to 2018 and we will develop tailored projects with every NOC to ensure we can meet their specific needs. Many of Germany’s National Federations, such as ice hockey, have already participated in this kind of initiative.

“Munich 2018’s concept is a clear commitment to the long-term health and sustainability of winter sports from one of the world’s most successful winter sports nations.”

The last successful attempt to reach out to offer training exchanges was for the 2009 Berlin IAAF World Athletics Championships when over 50 national teams had the chance to acclimate and prepare prior to the event.

The bid foresees that in the lead up to the 2018 Games, German colleges and universities would offer 700 scholarships for coaches and sports scientists and the Federal Foreign Office is supporting the initiative.

Munich is vying with PyeongChang and Annecy to host the 2018 winter Games and Paralympics. The final vote will take place in just ten days on July 6th at the Durban IOC session.

Keywords · Munich · IOC · NOCS · Katarina Witt · Thomas Bach · Bernhard Schwank

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