POSTED: Monday March 7th 2011
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MUNICH 2018: EXPERIENCE, EXCITEMENT, ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES

Bid Committee highlights core strengths to IOC Evaluation Commission

Munich, 7 March 2011: After taking time to reflect on a highly successful IOC Evaluation Commission visit, the Munich 2018 Bid Committee today underscored three of its key assets:

• experience in staging top-flight winter sports events;

• the unparalleled excitement that Germany’s millions of fervent winter sports fans will generate;

• and the endless opportunities a Winter Games in Bavaria will offer for the future of the winter sports movement.

The Munich 2018 Bid Committee seized the opportunity to stress to the Evaluation Commission its unique strengths through an intensive programme of presentations and site visits. Along the way, dozens of high-profile advocates - from Olympians and Paralympians, to business leaders, to politicians, to the potential stars of 2018 - have helped to convey Munich’s compelling case.

Olympic champion and Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, Katarina Witt, spoke enthusiastically about Germany’s passionate winter sports fan base:

‘Here in Germany, winter sport is such an integral part of our culture. Young people grow up on skis or skates - the ice and snow are in our blood. That is why every athlete from every country experiences the thrill of a roaring crowd when they compete here.

'The inspiration you get from a stadium full of passionate, knowledgeable fans can drive you to achieve that little bit extra. Germany’s fans would inspire 2018’s Olympians and Paralympians to even greater heights and create an atmosphere of incredible excitement around the Winter Games.’

Many of the Evaluation Commission’s site visits involved tours of venues fresh from international competitions. Thursday’s inspection of the Königssee Sliding Centre came just one week after the FIBT Bob and Skeleton World Championships, while the proposed venues in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Snow Park welcomed the world’s finest skiers to the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in February. DOSB President and Chair of the Munich 2018 Shareholders Board, Thomas Bach, underlined the significance of this tradition of hosting winter sports:

‘Germany and Bavaria has a heritage of hosting winter sports like nowhere else. This season alone, we have staged three World Championships and 12 World Cups in sports on the Winter Games programme, for over one million spectators. We have world-class venues with all the infrastructure and facilities to create the finest possible competitive environment. We have proven operational expertise and renowned specialists who know what separates a good event from a great one. And the sports sponsorship market in Germany is worth €2.6 billion annually.

‘We want to share this experience with the world and do our part to strengthen the Olympic Movement. That is why we have developed the Olympic Winter Friendship project. We will build on 30 years of DOSB initiatives and invite athletes and officials of all 205 NOCs - summer and winter - to train in Germany. DOSB programmes have already touched 100,000 athletes. The Federal Foreign Office has pledged to contribute €35million to the project in the years leading up to 2018. Our Festival of Friendship will ensure the development of Olympic sports best practice all over the world.’

Lord Mayor of Munich, Christian Ude, emphasised the endless opportunities a Winter Games in the Bavarian capital would open up for the future of winter sport:

‘Our mission is to reinvigorate the winter sports movement and ensure its long-term health and sustainability. Munich 2018 will nourish the roots of the Winter Games and create a unique platform for spreading the Olympic spirit across Europe and beyond. The passion for winter sports in the region is vital for an unforgettable month in February 2018. But it is the dedication and commitment of Germany’s political establishment and its corporate community which will make our Festival of Friendship resonate for decades to come. Munich 2018 will attract unprecedented investment in all levels of sport in Germany.’

His words were corroborated by the newly installed Minister of the Interior’s appearance at a press conference for the world’s media on Friday morning. In his first official function since his appointment, Hans-Peter Friedrich expressed his personal backing for Munich 2018’s ‘beautiful idea’ and his hope that ‘the professionalism and the passion’ of the Bid Committee had made an impact on the Evaluation Commission.

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

‘We are very pleased about how the Evaluation Commission has gone. It has been an intensive and challenging week, but our bid concept will certainly be stronger for the experience. We have effectively communicated the unique attributes of our bid and we have learnt a great deal from listening to the wisdom and insight of these hugely experienced Evaluation Commission members. I firmly believe that the last four days will give us some excellent momentum as we enter the final stages of our journey.’

The Bid Committee was particularly pleased to have clarified the issue of land ownership in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the Evaluation Commission. When asked at Friday’s press conference for his opinion on the land negotiations, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli, said:

‘We studied carefully the situation of the farmers. We have met with the lawyer and also with the farmer and other groups of people who had concerns about the land in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Our understanding is that it is only one plot of land that is in the field of play. And we believe that they have discussions. We have the confirmation that between the minister and the farmer there is discussion. And for the other plot of land that could be necessary: this is not for the field of play, but is for back of house, for logistics, and we have assessed quite carefully and we realised that it is feasible to do it if those people don’t want to give their land. The Organising Committee can find some other piece of land and then it is feasible to organise the Games.’

This positive momentum from the Evaluation Commission will be crucial as Munich 2018 prepares for the next important milestones: the Oceania National Olympic Committees General Assembly on 24-26 March; SportAccord from 3-8 April; and the technical presentation to the IOC in Lausanne in May.


Background
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 http://www.muenchen2018.org.

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

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