POSTED: Tuesday March 1st 2011


First day of Bid Committee presentations to IOC Evaluation Commission concludes

Katarina Witt, Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, at this evening’s press conference
Katarina Witt, Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, at this evening’s press conference

Michael Vesper, Chair of the Munich 2018 Supervisory Board and Katarina Witt, Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee lead this evening’s press conference
Michael Vesper, Chair of the Munich 2018 Supervisory Board and Katarina Witt, Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee lead this evening’s press conference

Munich, 1 March 2011: Munich 2018 completed its first day of presentations to the IOC Evaluation Commission, covering a number of key themes and re-emphasising the unique strengths of Munich’s bid: sustainability, compactness and environmental friendliness.

After a full day spent leading presentations, Katarina Witt, Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, reflected positively on the day’s events at a press conference in Munich’s historic Rathaus (City Hall) this evening. She said:

‘Today we presented a number of strong arguments for our bid to the 14 members of the IOC Evaluation Commission. After our presentations this morning outlining our vision and concept, this afternoon we focused on the topics of the Olympic Village, transport, accommodation, and environment and meteorology, with Munich 2018’s commitment to sustainability and ecology the central themes. We stressed how Munich 2018 takes the needs of the athletes and the public very seriously as our bid will not only offer the best conditions for sport, but also for a sustainable Olympic legacy for all.’

IOC Member Claudia Bokel was present on the panel throughout today’s presentations. As an Olympian and IOC Athletes’ Commission member, she gave an insight into Munich 2018’s proposals for the Olympic Villages from an athlete perspective:

‘At Munich 2018, we know that it is in the Athletes Village where the Olympic spirit really lives. With the environment we create for the people at the centre of the Games - the athletes - we’ll guarantee them the experience of their lives. The thing I’m most excited by is the fact that both Villages are so close to competition venues and are right in the heart of the action in Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.’

Dr. Michael Vesper, Secretary General of the German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB), founding member of the Green Party in Germany and Chairman of the bid's environmental and sustainability concept, spoke in today’s final session. He emphasised the unique environmental and sustainability concepts that are central to the bid. He was supported by Professor Dr. Ralf Roth from the Institute of Outdoor Sports of the German Sports University in Cologne, and the third Mayor of Munich, Hep Monatzeder.

Dr. Michael Vesper said:

‘From day one, Munich 2018 has placed great emphasis on its environmentally friendly plans and demonstrated how the issue of sustainability is a top priority for the bid. I am proud of the results we have achieved: our environmental and sustainability concept can set a new benchmark for major sporting events. As a founding member of the Green Party, I would like to stress once again that it is important to assess a bid on performance and not on political grandstanding.’

Earlier in the afternoon, Professor Walter Tröger, Honorary Member of the IOC, spoke movingly of his experience as Mayor of the Olympic Village in 1972, whilst Professor Hilda Léon, from the Wohlhage architectural firm, shared her exciting experience designing the Ice Park Olympic Village for Munich 2018.

Professor Léon said:

‘The 1972 Olympic Village was a breakthrough in residential design for the 20th Century and you can still feel the atmosphere from the Games today. To have the chance to design the new village is a dream come true for me! Today, I had the great honour of presenting the model Olympic Village to the IOC Evaluation Commission members which clearly showed the central location and compactness of the site.’

On accommodation, Munich 2018 illustrated the depth of planning that has gone into ensuring sufficient accommodation for millions of international visitors to Munich in 2018.

Lisa Geissler, Munich 2018’s accommodation expert, said:

‘Overall, it is clear that Munich and Bavaria can comfortably serve the accommodation needs of the Olympic family. Our existing hospitality facilities, almost all with at least ten years’ operational experience already, highlight Munich 2018’s focus on sustainability. We have secured more than 68,000 rooms in the Olympic region which will offer various levels of accommodation, in locations that effectively serve the needs of the Olympic family and the operations of the Games. We have also secured an impressive 18,400 rooms for the Paralympic Winter Games, which is approximately nine-times the requirement.’

Munich 2018 covered eight of 17 themes on this crucial first day of the IOC Evaluation Commission visit. The Commission will review Munich’s bid this week (1-4 March) through a series of themed presentations detailing key topics, as well as a number of site visits to proposed and existing venues for the Festival of Friendship at a Winter Games in Munich in 2018.

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, METRO GROUP, 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 · Katarina Witt · IOC Evaluation Commission · sustainability · compactness · environmental friendliness

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