POSTED: Monday January 10th 2011


New Sponsor, Deutsche Post, to help deliver Bid Book to IOC

Shareholders and bid leaders of Munich 2018 at Marienplatz (from left to right): Thomas Bach, Katarina Witt, Christian Ude, Thomas Schmid, Georg Grabner, Siegfried Schneider, Jürgen Bühl, Bernhard Schwank
Shareholders and bid leaders of Munich 2018 at Marienplatz (from left to right): Thomas Bach, Katarina Witt, Christian Ude, Thomas Schmid, Georg Grabner, Siegfried Schneider, Jürgen Bühl, Bernhard Schwank

Katarina Witt and Bernhard Schwank on their way to Lausanne with the Bid Book
Katarina Witt and Bernhard Schwank on their way to Lausanne with the Bid Book

Munich, 10 January 2010: The hopes and dreams of a nation passionate about winter sports were entrusted to a high profile Munich 2018 delegation today, which departed Munich with the Candidature File (Bid Book) for delivery to the IOC in Lausanne tomorrow, assisted by Deutsche Post - unveiled today as a new Munich 2018 National Sponsor.

At an upbeat ceremony on the Marienplatz in Munich's historic city centre, thousands of Munich 2018 supporters saw Christian Ude, Lord Mayor of Munich, present the 396 page Munich 2018 Bid Book to Katarina Witt, two-time Olympic champion and Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, and Bernhard Schwank, CEO of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee.

Katarina Witt said:

'This Bid Book demonstrates the core values at the heart of Munich 2018: an athlete-friendly, compact concept with solid planning for sustainability and the environment. The document that we will deliver tomorrow is a powerful demonstration of the close relationship with athletes that is the foundation of Munich 2018's promise to the Olympic Movement.'

Deutsche Post has pledged its full support to bring the Winter Games to Germany in 2018 with a commitment to spread the Munich 2018 Festival of Friendship message by delivering the Bid Book to every IOC Member across the world.

Commenting on Deutsche Post's support, Bernhard Schwank said:

'Deutsche Post's backing for our bid gives a great assurance that every official document will be delivered punctually and safely to the Olympic family. Now Munich 2018 is looking forward to the next six months when we will get the chance to welcome the IOC Evaluation Commission to Munich in March and share our vision at key Olympic events around the world.'

Bernhard Schwank also said during the official farewell ceremony at Marienplatz:

'We are excited to submit our groundbreaking plans and ideas to the IOC in Lausanne tomorrow. Munich 2018's Bid Book is the result of two years of hard work and we will continue to increase our efforts to share our vision as we build towards the decision in July. The expertise from our special commissions, stakeholders, national sponsors and our planners, AS&P and ProProjekt, has been invaluable. Our national sponsors will also play a crucial role in the final submission of the official document. Lufthansa and BMW, along with Deutsche Post, the ninth national sponsor, are actively backing the bid and contributing their wisdom and experience to the benefit of Munich 2018.'

The Munich 2018 Bid Book, coordinated by Jürgen Bühl, Managing Director of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, contains a multiparty agreement that reaffirms government support for the bid - its 47 guarantees were signed in the German Chancellery by representatives of every political level.

Thomas Bach, President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, Chair of the Munich 2018 Shareholders Assembly and IOC Vice-President, drew on his experience as an IOC Evaluation Commission member. He said:

'The Candidature File leaving Munich marks the beginning of the bid's final phase. Tomorrow will be a great day and a huge milestone for Munich's bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018. Now the Bid Committee must work hard to spread the message of the Festival of Friendship to world and keep Germany's unrivalled capacity for hosting winter sports events and the unique environmental and sustainability concept at the forefront of everyone's minds.'

Munich 2018's proposed venues hosted three World Cups in the first week of January, where avid winter sports fans from all over Germany gave a glimpse of the celebratory atmosphere that would surround the Winter Games in Munich in 2018.

Christian Ude spoke proudly of the FIS Alpine World Ski Cup that was successfully staged last week at the Munich Olympic Park:

'25,000 cheering fans in front of the snow-covered iconic tent roof of 1972 was a truly amazing showcase of our Olympic legacy. This has once again highlighted the sustainability of our bid. We are living the legacy of 1972 and hope that we will get the chance to revitalise the region once again with the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018. The Bid Committee, together with industry experts, has worked hard to develop a strong Candidature File. Our Bid Book will demonstrate to IOC members that our uniquely Bavarian bid offers the most sustainable concept for a Winter Games in 2018.'

At this crucial stage of the bid, the Munich 2018 Bid Committee can rely on a strong group of sponsors with Deutsche Post and DHL providing logistical expertise in delivering important packages and letters. The climate-neutral GoGreen services offered by the bid's newest national sponsors complement and strengthen Munich 2018's standards for environmentally friendly operations for the Winter Games in 2018.

Jürgen Gerdes, Director for Germany of Deutsche Post DHL, said:

'Munich's bid for the Winter Games is a national effort. Deutsche Post wants to play its part with our dialogue-marketing know-how and efficient mail services. Our capabilities in communications, logistics and delivery will certainly benefit Munich 2018. Our new technologies, such as the e-postletter, will enhance the reliability of the service we can provide for the future-oriented bid for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.'

The Bid Book will be available in English and French at from 12 January 2011.

Munich, in collaboration with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgadener Land, is applying to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The application will be put together and managed by Bewerbungsgesellschaft München 2018 GmbH, whose management is chaired by Bernhard Schwank and whose managing director is Jürgen Bühl. Shareholders in the application organisation are the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) with 51 per cent, the City of Munich (30 per cent), the Free State of Bavaria (nine per cent), the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (eight per cent) and the district of Berchtesgadener Land (two per cent). The bid is being supported by national sponsors the Adidas, Allianz, BMW Group, BayWa, Flughafen München GmbH, Lotto Bayern, Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the Sparkasse Finance Group, along with national suppliers ARGE (Albert Speer & Partner and PROPROJEKT), Deloitte, Getty Images, GfK Verein, IMMO 2018, Messe München GmbH, Norton Rose LLP, Munich Olympic Park, pilot sport and Stadtwerke München GmbH. More information about the concept, the progress of the application and many other aspects can be found at

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