Munich decides to bid for 2022 winter Olympics
German Olympic Sports Confederation
BY: REUTERS

BERLIN: Bavarian capital Munich, which hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics, will make a bid to stage the Winter Games half a century later in 2022, the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) said on Monday.

Munich, which failed to land the 2018 Olympics after being comfortably beaten by South Korea’s Pyeongchang, will have to wait for a November referendum before formally announcing a candidacy with the International Olympic Committee by the Nov. 14 deadline.

“The next step is a referendum in the communities of Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen as well as in the counties of Berchtesgadener Land and Traunstein on November 10, four days before the bid has to be announced to the International Olympic Committee,” DOSB said in a statement.

The previous Munich bid had faced several obstacles from Garmisch residents as well as German environmental groups and the Greens political party over the impact to the Alpine community as well as land disputes.

Should Munich be elected in 2015, it would be the first city to have been awarded summer and winter Olympics.

Apart from Kazakhstan’s Almaty , there have not been any other official candidacies yet but more are expected with Poland, Ukraine, Spain, China and Norway among those considering a bid. Oslo residents voted in favor of a bid earlier this month.

Newly-elected International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was among the 2018 bid leaders for Munich and his influence could prove vital though it is unclear how willing fellow IOC members would be to opt for Germany again after electing him earlier this month.

 

 

 

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