POSTED: Friday March 4th 2011


DPA survey shows public support remains strong as opposition dwindles

Munich, 4 March 2011: A new national poll commissioned by German press agency, DPA, has revealed that public support for Munich’s bid to host the 2018 Winter Games stands at a robust 73%, whilst opposition to the bid continues to fall - now at its lowest level of 15%.

The poll supports the hard evidence seen by the IOC Evaluation Commission visiting Munich this week with large numbers of Munich 2018 fans braving the cold weather Tuesday and Wednesday to voice their support for Germany’s first Winter Games in over 80 years.

Thomas Bach, IOC Vice President, DOSB President and Chair of the Munich 2018 Shareholders Board, stressed the results’ significance:

‘It shows once again the great support we have from the people of Germany. There is no other public project in the country which has generated so much support and encountered so little opposition at such an early stage.’

Yesterday, the Evaluation Commission heard from some of Germany’s most high-profile leaders in sports business, before Chancellor Angela Merkel joined them for last night’s gala dinner. With the results of this latest poll, and with the Federal Minister for the Interior set to address the Evaluation Commission later today, the Bid Committee is offering a powerful confirmation that every sector of Germany’s society is uniting behind the bid. Commenting on the latest poll figures, Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, Katarina Witt, expressed her delight at the evidence of the bid’s growing popularity:

'This is a marvellous result. The growing support for our bid gives us motivation and encouragement for the final months of the campaign. It is a great sign to the IOC Evaluation Commission visiting Munich right now.

'The poll result confirms that Germany loves winter sports. The TV viewing ratings and over a million passionate fans attending our annual World Cups and World Championships in winter sports are among the highest figures worldwide. I am really happy that the German passion for sport is now also expressed in an official poll. That will help us to achieve our aim of bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games back to Germany.'

Lord Mayor of Munich, Christian Ude, said:

‘It has been 80 years since Germany last hosted a Winter Games, so it has taken time to help some people understand what an incredible boost Munich 2018 would be for the entire region. But now we are really building momentum. We are seeing the steady rise in public support we expected.’

The 14 IOC Evaluation Commission members will hear presentations on the themes of political support, legal guarantees, security, medical, and customs and immigration on the final day of the its visit. This week (1-4 March), the Commission will review Munich’s bid 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 the 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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