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Munich to hold 2022 Olympics referendum

The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) has decided to hold a referendum on whether Munich should host the 2022 winter Olympics.

At a meeting today, the DOSB agreed to host a referendum in Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Berchtesgadener Land and Traunstein on November 10, four days before the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s bid application deadline.

The 2022 bid is largely based on the 2018 hosting proposal when Munich lost against Pyeongchang, apart from a few venue changes. The adaptations for Munich 2022 would mean that the 2018 two park concept with a stand-alone venue in Königssee (Sliding Centre) would turn into a three park concept with an ice cluster in Munich, a snow cluster in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and an endurance and sliding zone in Chiemgau-Königssee.

Acting DOSB president Hans-Peter Krämer said: “We are confident that the referendum on November 10 will end in favour of the bid and we hope to convince the IOC afterwards. Choosing Munich as host for the Olympic and Paralympic winter Games 2022 would be historic, because it would be the first city to host summer and winter Games.”