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).
Japan PM Shinzo Abe told Olympic officials on Monday that "Tokyo would be an inspirational choice to host the 2020 Olympic Games," with Japan keen to showcase its recovery from a devastating '11 earthquake and tsunami, according to Elaine Lies of REUTERS. Abe made sure that an inspection tour by an IOC team "got off to a heavyweight start." Tokyo, which lost the bidding for '16 to Rio de Janeiro, "faces Istanbul and Madrid this time around." The evaluation team, headed by IOC VP Craig Reedie, arrived in Japan on Friday "to the cheers of flag-waving children." Their tour began formally on Monday "with an explanation of the city's bid and a visit to several sites, including the waterfront area set to become the Olympic Village." The Tokyo government estimates that the Games would increase demand by 1.22T yen ($13B) "in tourism, sales of Olympic goods and household spending." With private sector investments included, the total impact is likely to hit 3T yen ($32B) nationwide and "include the creation of 150,000 jobs" (REUTERS, 3/4). The AFP reported the IOC team, is tasked with checking "Candidature Files" submitted by the three cities in January on 14 themes "including infrastructure, finance, and political and public support." Tokyo's plan features a "compact" and "dynamic" Olympics based on its financial wealth and track record in hosting int'l sports events. Tokyo is "the only one among the three candidates" that has ever hosted the Games (AFP, 3/4).