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German city Munich boosts facilities ahead of 2018 bid

2010-10-25 10:16:00 Xinhuanet

ACAPULCO, Mexico, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- German city Munich has decided to upgrade its infrastructure, built for 1972 Winter Games, in pursuit of the 2018 Winter Games, Katarina Witt, who heads city's bid committee said in a Xinhua interview here on Saturday.

"Munich has the infrastructure left by the 1972 Olympic Games," Witt said at the sidelines of the Olympic Convention, which brings together 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and 130 sports ministers.

"Those facilities were built for the summer games are there and continue to be used for sports and cultural activities."

The convention, in Pacific coast city Acapulco, is the first of its kind and seeks to bring tighter NOCs and ministers to seek closer cooperation and overcome potential conflicts.

Witt, who has twice won Olympic skating medals, described the facilities as a "great legacy" for the city, and said they will make a substantial contribution when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decides who will host the 2018 games next year.

Two neighboring cities "have organized world championships and World Cups in winter sports," she added.

"We have come here to launch our proposal at this time which is so cricital for the 2018 Munich campaign. However, we also want to spread internationally the enthusiasm which we have for the games," she said.

Munich is competing against French city Annecy and South Korean city Pyeongchang. The decision will be taken on July 6 next year, when the IOC holds its general assembly in South African city Durban.

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