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Munich bid for 2018 Winter Olympics fails
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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.

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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.
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