POSTED: July 3rd 2011
Munich Mayor nails his colours to the green mast in run-up to 2018 vote
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications
DURBAN, Jul 03: Munich opened up the latest round of pre-vote media campaigning by playing the green card in the city's bid to bring the Winter Olympics back to Germany for the first time in more than 80 years.
On Wednesday the International Olympic Committee decides between Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang and the Bavaran city's mayor Christian Ude sought to make sure everyone knows he and his bid collegues have the sustainability box ticked.
He said: "Our concept protects Bavaria’s natural treasures but it’s also about urban sustainability. After the Games, our energy-plus Olympic Village will become affordable housing units for low income families and address a real social need. The Olympic Park has already been a centre for sports, culture and entertainment for 40 years and we want to renew that legacy."
Munich, if it wins, would be the first city to host both summer and winter Games.
Widening his promotional address, Ude added: "We're actually having a festival in Munich today: the second annual Munich Sports Festival. Last year we had nearly 40,000 people and we’re expecting at least that many again this year. There is a great mixture of sports on the Olympic programme and new, less traditional sports. It should be a great day because it combines two of the things we love to do best – sports and parties.
"What makes Munich such a vibrant, friendly place to be is that it has so much for so many different people. Munich really does have something for every single member of the Olympic family and every single Olympic client group . . . that guarantees an unforgettable three weeks for every single guest."
Ude's sustainability message was echoed by Michael Vesper, a founding member of Germany’s Green Party.
He said: "The environmental vision is of the first ever carbon-neutral Winter Games. We want to help set new global standards in green mega-events. Some 75pc of the venues in our concept already exist and 24pc will be temporary. Just one per cent of the sports facility space will be permanently converted – less than the size of a football pitch."
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