• Germany edition
 
Munich bid for 2018 Winter Olympics fails
Photo: DPA

Munich bid for 2018 Winter Olympics fails

Published: 06 Jul 2011 18:26 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Jul 2011 19:08 GMT+02:00

Munich will not host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, with games officials announcing Wednesday that the South Korean city of Pyeongchang's bid had been successful.

Pyeongchang, after failing in two previous attempts to win the sporting spectacle, beat the Bavarian capital and France's Annecy in the first round of a secret ballot of the International Olympic Committee.

The announcement was made in Durban, South Africa, by International Olympic Committee president, Jacques Rogge.

Needing 48 votes for victory, Pyeongchang received 63 of the 95 votes cast. Munich received 25 and Annecy seven, the Associated Press reported.

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak was first on the podium to give his country's final pitch. He said South Korea's bid was about “friendship, hard work and fair play.”

"I ask you for your support today so that we can finally make the Winter Olympics and Paralympics dream come true," he said.

"I am a fellow sportsman so this is why I can appreciate, more than anyone, what the IOC and Olympic Movement have given Korea. Now we want to give back."

The loss for Munich came despite a vigorous bid in which Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote a personal letter appealing to the committee on Munich’s behalf, saying that the Olympic bid was a "national affair" for the Germans "of significant importance."

She also visited Durban prior to the vote, accompanied by President Christian Wulff, former Olympic figure skater Kati Witt and footballing legend Franz Beckenbauer.

"Sure, we're very disappointed, especially after our presentation, which many IOC delegates congratulated us about," said tearful two-time Olympic gold medalist Witt, who had been the face of Munich's bid. "Perhaps in reality, the decision had already been taken. Right now, I am lost for words."

While it was too soon to say if the Bavarian city will now bid to host the 2022 winter games, Munich mayor Christian Ude was quick to offer good wishes to the victors.

"I congratulate Pyeongchang and wish you every success in hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018," he said. "Of course, I am sad that the decision has not now fallen in our favour, but I am convinced that we submitted a strong application."

The Koreans had led in each of the first rounds in the votes for the 2010 and 2014 Games but then lost in the final ballots to Vancouver, Canada and Sochi in Russia.

Pyeongchang, whose bid slogan was "New Horizons," campaigned on the theme that it deserved to win on a third try and will spread the Olympics to a lucrative new market in Asia and become a hub for winter sports in the region.

This is the fifth time a German city has been rejected as hosts of an Olympic games.

Bids from Berlin and Leipzig were rejected by the IOC as hosts for the summer games of 2000 and 2012 respectively, while Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in 1960, and Berchtesgaden, in 1992, were also rejected as candidate cities for winter games.

The failed Munich bid has not come cheap. The city is still €6.5 million short of the €33 million it cost to submit the application and the shortfall will probably have to come from the public purse.

The Local/AFP/djw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

20:06 July 6, 2011 by Englishted
Bad luck ,still you have a nice city , great beer and a fantastic party every year in September/October.
20:59 July 6, 2011 by DOZ
I bet Sour Grapes Canada voted against Munich because of the World Cup.
22:07 July 6, 2011 by Flint
Carve it in marble and remember who told you.

Kim Jong Il will extort > $1billion
05:25 July 7, 2011 by niagara905
@DOZ - Yeah, cause we all know how seriously Canada takes soccer...
08:54 July 7, 2011 by harcourt
Flint #3

Am I missing something. I can't see the point of your comment unless you think that Pyeongchang is in North Korea!!
09:36 July 7, 2011 by auniquecorn
What?, they moved it agian? Dam those guys
10:41 July 7, 2011 by gkh50
I often wonder why now, EU bids for these events. Its not about the bid process, who can set up the best transport system but legacy. So that the committe can state that they took the games / events to new horizons and not who can host the best games.

That aside, having it in Korea could also be good for Asian winter sports. You just need to put some marketting now with, "now you tried winter in Asia" come to the Alps and enjoy the true atmosphere of winter.. Then the alps gets the revenue without the investment..
12:59 July 7, 2011 by trash head
southkorea applied now many times for the title, finaly got it and finaly the winter games are hosted again in asia for the 5th time.
17:07 July 7, 2011 by german-guardian
Germany would have been a much better choice. For their next selection they should look at which country who is betting to host the games got the most gold medals last winter olympic.
17:19 July 7, 2011 by harcourt
A predictable comment by german-guardian!!
21:02 July 7, 2011 by german-guardian
@ harcourt

It is true, Germany deserves to have the winter olympics because the location is much better and the organization is much better. And winter olympics is monstly won by Germany and the European countries around it, so it is better to be in Germany or Europe. Not in Mongolia
21:48 July 7, 2011 by harcourt
Good grief german-guardian I can't believe you are a real person !! Perhaps you are making such comments just to get a response, fair enough we all have our hobbies !!
15:33 July 8, 2011 by HistoryProffessor
German_Guardian,

you trully lack intelligence and intellect.

Harcourt,

clearly you are in the right. German Guardian and Flint both need to have their heads examined. assuming there even something in there to examine.
19:10 July 8, 2011 by Englishted
german-guardian wants the Olympic venue decided like the Eurovision song contest.

The man with a brain the size of a pea.
Today's headlines
Jobless benefits to get leaner and meaner
Photo: DPA

Jobless benefits to get leaner and meaner

The German government is planning a shake-up of the country’s unemployment benefit system, Hartz IV, by introducing stricter rules on claimants in a move which supporters say will cut bureaucracy. READ () »

Germany's oldest woman dies aged 112
Gertrud Henze. Photo: DPA

Germany's oldest woman dies aged 112

Germany’s oldest woman died at the age of 112 on Tuesday. Gertrud Henze was born on December 8th 1901 and joked her long life was down to never getting married. READ () »

Exchange student 'murderer' stays silent
Police search the area near where Gabriele's body was found in October 2013. Photo: DPA

Exchange student 'murderer' stays silent

The alleged murderer of an exchange student in southern Germany stayed silent in the dock on Tuesday on the first day of his trial. READ () »

European Elections 2014
'If Britain goes, Europe is lost'
Hans-Olaf Henkel (r) celebrates the one-year anniversary of the AfD with leader Bernd Lücke. Photo: DPA

'If Britain goes, Europe is lost'

In an interview with The Local, one of the leaders of Germany's eurosceptic party talks about Europe's future, why Britain is a model country and why he will not work with UKIP's Nigel Farage. READ () »

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire
Nane, with her father and a picture of the cartridge-laden wood. Photo: DPA

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire

Two 12-year-old German girls found live ammunition lodged into a branch in an Easter bonfire. It was due to be lit the next day, potentially igniting the cartridges and causing disaster. READ () »

Opinion
'Fracking won't save Germany from Putin'
Photo: DPA

'Fracking won't save Germany from Putin'

Germany's reliance on Russian gas continues to limit the nation's diplomatic leverage in the Ukraine crisis. But as leaders once again explore fracking as an alternative, critics told The Local the risks were too high. READ () »

German rapper-turned-jihadist 'killed in Syria'
Deso Dogg. Photo: YouTube screenshot

German rapper-turned-jihadist 'killed in Syria'

UPDATE: A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria was reported dead on Tuesday by jihadist sources, but hours later some retracted the claim, saying he was still alive. READ () »

Have Your Say
Who should pay for Germany’s roads?
Photo: DPA

Who should pay for Germany’s roads?

A top politician's suggestion that drivers should be charged €100 a year towards the upkeep of Germany's roads was met with derision on Tuesday. But how should Germany fill the black hole it its infrastructure budget? READ () »

Tax income hits March record
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA

Tax income hits March record

A record amount of cash flowed into German government coffers in March thanks to land, beer and incomes taxes, a monthly report from the finance ministry revealed on Tuesday. READ () »

Union bosses call for later starts in World Cup
Photo: DPA

Union bosses call for later starts in World Cup

German unions called on Tuesday for shift workers to be granted later starts during the football World Cup in Brazil this summer. Some of the matches begin at midnight due to the time difference. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
National
Let us start work later after World Cup nights, unions says
Photo: DPA
Society
Crystal meth use hits record level
Photo: DPA
Rhineland
Elderly man taped €200,000 to his genitals
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
What's the unemployment rate in your area of Germany?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Nine ways to celebrate Easter like a German
Photo: Galerie Bilderwelt
Gallery
World War I in colour photos
Photo: DPA
Society
JobTalk: Why you should teach English in Germany
Photo: DPA
National
330,000 sign up against TV licence fee
Photo: DPA
Hamburg
School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party
Photo: Submitted
Frankfurt
'I'll get even with my old pal Schwarzenegger'
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Ten great inventions you (probably) didn't know were German
Photo: J. Arthur White
Berlin
Clashes in Berlin as refugees tear down their own camp
Advertisement:
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Munich's baby polar bears are finally named
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The 10 best German employers to work for
CurrencyFair
Sponsored Article
Why it pays to avoid banks when making overseas transfers
Mr. Lodge
Sponsored Article
How to find a furnished rental in Munich
Sponsored Article
How to make a lasting impression in business
Hult International Business School
Sponsored Article
What they don't teach you at Business School
Photo: DPA
Society
Nine jobs you can only do in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,050
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd