A group of German farmers may ultimately control Munich’s success or failure in its attempt to become the first city selected to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games; farmers say they are prepared to reject contracts opening their land to a possible 2018 Winter Olympic bid.
Farmers located near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the intended host venue of the Alpine ski competitions, have overwhelming denied efforts by the local Olympic commitee seeking to transform their farm lands into an Olympic venue.
According to AFP reports, Garmisch Pasture Association chairman Josef Glatz said that only two of approximately 80 property owners have agreed to make their land available in the event of a 2018 Olympic berth.
Glatz said state heads and the Munich Olympic committee assumed the property was within their rights to use if the region wins the bid and have ignored warnings to the contrary.
Without the town’s world renowned ski slopes, its almost certain Munich’s bid would be defeated. Munich’s fellow bid city competitors include Annecy, which recently modified its proposal to meet IOC recommendations, and Pyeongchang, South Korea; who narrowly lost out to Vancouver in the 2010 decision.