POSTED: October 1st 2013

Munich to bid for 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a world class Kandahar downhill slope / Munich
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a world class Kandahar downhill slope / Munich

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The German Olympic Sports Confederation has announced its plans to submit a bid for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The DOSB’s 98 member organisations, representing almost 29 million memberships, agreed to a concept study introduced by a planning team at a meeting Monday in Munich.

The DOSB’s next step in its bid plans is a referendum in the communities of Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the counties of Berchtesgadener Land and Traunstein 10 Nov. The bid will officially be announced to the International Olympic Committee four days later.

The concept study takes from Munich’s failed bid for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which were awarded to Pyeongchang. Biathlon and cross country skiing events will be relocated to Ruhpolding and the county of Traunstein from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The biathlon World Championships were held in Ruhpolding in 2012 and a World Cup is held each winter.

Aerial and halfpipe events would be hosted in Munich’s Olympic Park, the site of the 1972 Games. The 2018 bid’s two-park concept will be upgraded to a three-park concept with an ice cluster in Munich, a snow cluster in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and an endurance and sliding zone in Chiemgau-Konigssee.

“We would like to offer the most sustainable Olympic Winter Games in history, using an existing Olympic Park and many existing world class venues such as the ski tracks and the ski jumping hill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the biathlon venue in Ruhpolding and the sliding center in Schonau/Konigssee,” Acting DOSB President Hans-Peter Kramer said. “We are confident that the referendum on 10 Nov. will end in favour of the bid and we hope to convince the IOC afterwards.

“Choosing Munich as host for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2022 would be historic because it would be the first city to host Summer and Winter Games in history.”

Twelve-time Paralympic Champion Verena Bentele led the Munich meeting, which was attended by various sport stars, including Olympic Champions Maria Hofl-Riesch, Britta Heidemann, Marina Kiehl, and Markus Wasmeier, Paralympic Champion Martin Braxenthaler, and Olympic Medalists Henrik Stehlik and Thomas Schwab.

Keywords · DOSB · German Olympic Sports Confederation · 2022 Olympics · Olympic Bidding · Germany · International Olympic Committee · IOC · Munich · Pyeongchang · Munich 1972 ·

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