German government signs guarantees for Munich bid
The German federal government and regional authorities signed
financial and other guarantees required for Munich’s bid to host
the 2018 Winter Olympics on Wednesday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said Munich’s bid was of ”national
interest” and will continue to receive support despite a group of
59 landowners saying they wouldn’t give up their land for Olympic
The guarantees are part of the official bid books that Munich
has to present to the International Olympic Council by Jan. 11.
The list of 47 guarantees covers infrastructure projects, such
as building Olympic villages, as well as giving the IOC special
marketing rights and observing anti-doping laws.
The government also backed staging the ice events in Munich and
skiing events around Garmisch-Partenkirchen, about 90 minutes away
On Tuesday, a group of 59 farmers and landowners said it would
refuse to turn over land for Alpine ski races and demanded Munich
drop its bid for the games.
The state government, however, said most of the group’s land is
not included in the plans, while a German Olympic official said the
refusal will not affect the bid.
A lawyer for the group said the farmers’ permission is needed to
stage the showcase downhill event without altering the course.
Munich is competing for the 2018 games with Annecy, France; and
Pyeongchang, South Korea. The IOC will select the host city on July
6 in Durban, South Africa.