Top official expects Munich to get Olympic nod

26th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 January 2004 , MUNICH - Munich is expected to get the nod on Thursday to bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Manfred von Richthofen, the head of Germany's umbrella sports organisation DSB, said on Wednesday. Von Richthofen said he believed in a "majority in favour of a Winter Games bid" when the German Olympic Committee decides the issue at a board meeting on Thursday in Frankfurt. Von Richthofen, who is a member of the Olympic Committee board, said that Germany had a better chance to win the Winter Olymp

26 January 2004

MUNICH - Munich is expected to get the nod on Thursday to bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Manfred von Richthofen, the head of Germany's umbrella sports organisation DSB, said on Wednesday.

Von Richthofen said he believed in a "majority in favour of a Winter Games bid" when the German Olympic Committee decides the issue at a board meeting on Thursday in Frankfurt.

Von Richthofen, who is a member of the Olympic Committee board, said that Germany had a better chance to win the Winter Olympics than the Summer Games. Berlin and Leipzig failed with Summer Games bids in 1993 and 2004, respectively.

If the bid is sanctioned and the International Olympic Committee then elects Munich as hosts in 2007, the southern German city would be the first in Olympic history to stage Summer and Winter Games. Munich hosted the Summer Olympics in 1972.

Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeong Chang, South Korea, have announced their bids for 2014. A Swedish bid from Are/Ostersund is also expected.

The 2006 Winter Games are in Turin, Italy, the 2010 edition takes place in Vancouver, Canada.

Munich sports officials and politicians are optimistic that the German Olympic officials will give the go-ahead. The winter sports federations back Munich's bid and many facilities are in place.

DPA

Subject: German news

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