POSTED: Wednesday January 19th 2011


Germany’s national railway signs up in support of Winter Games bid

Munich, 19 January 2011: Munich 2018’s momentum continued today as Deutsche Bahn was unveiled as the new national sponsor of the Bavarian capital’s bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 - Germany’s first Winter Games for over 80 years.

The national railway company joins the already impressive list of key businesses that are backing Munich 2018 and strengthening the bid with their operational expertise. Should the Bavarian capital be selected to host the Winter Games in 2018, the efficient transport network, showcased during the FIFA World Cup in 2006, will transport winter sports fans during Munich 2018’s proposed Festival of Friendship comfortably, economically and in an environmentally friendly manner.

Katarina Witt, Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, was delighted to have gained complete support from Deutsche Bahn as she commented:

‘To win the full backing of the national railway company is a great signal to the Olympic family that Munich and Bavaria have much of the operational capacity in place to host the Games today. Germany’s business community is committed to strengthening the Munich 2018 bid and is waiting with bated breath for the decision that could bring millions of international visitors to our country in 2018. Should we be chosen to host the Winter Games, Munich aims to shift transport from streets to rails and pioneer new environmentally friendly standards for the Games. That is the Munich 2018 ecological promise!’

Munich 2018 will benefit from the efficiency and reliability of Deutsche Bahn, with special rates on combined tickets for competitions and rail travel on offer for hundreds of thousands of Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games spectators.

Rüdiger Grube, CEO of Deutsche Bahn, said:

‘Deutsche Bahn has been involved in Munich’s bid from the very start, contributing expertise in fields such as transport and traffic, and now we are pleased to demonstrate our complete backing for the bid as a national sponsor. We hope that our work towards enhancing the travel experience for people with a disability by providing more accessible trains, is a clear message to the international world that Germany is inclusive to all. The increased accessibility at the train stations at Garmisch-Partenkirchen and surrounding towns already highlights how we are preparing for the possibility of welcoming all guests to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018.’

Germany’s railway system plays a crucial role in the strong and unique ecological concept that underlines the Munich bid. During the feasibility study for the Winter Games, the specialists at Deutsche Bahn supplied the Munich 2018 Bid Committee with detailed information of operational capabilities that helped lay the foundation for the bid.

Bernhard Schwank, CEO of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, said:

‘Deutsche Bahn is and has always been a reliable partner of sports in Germany, especially at mega-events, and Munich 2018 warmly welcomes their decision to come on board as a national sponsor. The German railway company contributed significantly to the development of Munich 2018’s regional railway concept and their invaluable input, expertise and experience will guarantee that the transport system in 2018 would be state of the art as well as ecologically sound.’

Deutsche Bahn hopes to improve the railway line between Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, expand the regional railroad system around the Snow Park and introduce express trains, which would undoubtedly benefit the entire Olympic family. It would also leave a lasting legacy for the region. The increased support from Deutsche Bahn will inject an even greater sense of national unity behind the bid for the Winter Games in 2018 as Munich prepares for the IOC Evaluation Commission visit from 1 to 4 March 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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Keywords · 2018 · Winter · Olympics · Bid · Munich · Germany · Deutsche Bahn · Katarina Witt

Name: Jürgen Bühl
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