Munich calls in Beckenbauer for final push

Munich has called in German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer for

its final push to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Munich Bid Committee Chair Katarina Witt says Beckenbauer will

arrive in Durban on Tuesday, a day before IOC members vote on

whether Munich; Annecy, France; or Pyeongchang, South Korea will

stage the games.

Two-time Olympic champion figure skater Witt calls Beckenbauer’s

appearance in South Africa ”a little surprise” and says the team

is ”very happy that he is joining us and will be here to support


Witt adds the Bavarian capital has ”great momentum going on”

for the last three days of lobbying before the IOC decides if

Germany will get its first Winter Olympics since 1936.