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SBD Global/March 5, 2013/Olympics

Munich's Chances At 2022 Winter Olympics Bid Boosted By Swiss Exit

The German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) said that Munich's chances of landing the 2022 Winter Olympics, should the Bavarian capital bid again, "have improved by the rejection of a Swiss bid," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Munich "was squarely beaten" by South Korea's PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Olympics and "has yet to decide whether to run again." In reaction to the referendum in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, DOSB General Dir Michael Vesper said: "The competition for the Winter Games 2022 has eased considerably (with the Swiss exit). This will be positively considered by the DOSB when taking a decision. This decision shows how important the involvement of citizens is." Munich's bid for '18 "was hampered by local opposition in Garmisch-Partenkirchen where the skiing events would be held" (REUTERS, 3/4). The SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG reported the DOSB wants to decide on a possible Munich bid for '22 after the German Bundestag (parliament) elections, Bavarian Landtag (state parliament) elections as well as the IOC's decison on a host for the 2020 Summer Olympics in September. So far, there are no official bidders for '22, but Poland's Kraków, Spain's Barcelona, Ukraine's Lviv and Norway's Oslo "have more or less signaled their interest in hosting the Games" (SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, 3/3).
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