POSTED: Tuesday February 22nd 2011


Following reports that a number of residents of Garmisch-Partenkirchen have moved to stage a referendum on whether the town should host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Munich 2018 Bid Committee has issued the following statement:

We are convinced that the overwhelming majority of the population is behind the bid and opinion polls corroborate this. Our latest regional polls indicated that almost two thirds of people in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are in favour of hosting the 2018 Winter Games.

Referenda are an important political instrument in any open and sophisticated democracy like Germany. There was a referendum organised during the IOC Evaluation Commission's visit to Vancouver and they went on to stage a memorable Winter Games with the full backing of millions of passionate fans.

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, with Karatina Witt as Chair, Bernhard Schwank as CEO and Jürgen Bühl as Managing Director. 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 Adidas, Allianz, the BMW Group, BayWa, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Post, 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

Bewerbungsgesellschaft München 2018 GmbH
Munich 2018 Bid Committee
Olympiapark München
Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21
80809 München

Responsible for contents:
Bernhard Schwank and Jürgen Bühl

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Keywords · 2018 · Winter · Olympics · Bid · Munich · Germany · Garmisch Partenkirchen

Name: Jürgen Bühl
Organization: Bewerbungsgesellschaft München 2018 GmbH
Phone: +49 (0)89 540 428 320

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