Munich 2018 Winter Olympics Bid Opposed by German Environmental Groups

[img_assist|nid=193465|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=299|height=189]Sept. 13, 2010 (GreenAnswers) – The Munich 2018 winter Olympics bid took a hit from environmentalists this week as a consortium of German environmental groups disavowed plans to host part of the games in the resort town of Garmish-Partenkirchen.

The German Nature Conservation Ring (DNR), representing 96 environmental groups, complained the olympic plans would be to damaging to the local environment to support.

DNR General Secretary Helmut Roescheisen told Reuters, “We consider, after careful examination of the bid files and two long talks with leading bid representatives that the hosting of the Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with its narrow valleys and its ecologically important areas is irresponsible,” explaining, “There is just far too much infrastructure work involved, what with the athletes village, the media village, even the expansion of the skiing slopes, that we just cannot be part of this commission and are dropping out of it.

The DNR was initially established by the German olympic bid organizers with the goal of ensuring the bid was environmentally friendly. However, the DNR broke ranks with the German olympic committee by coming out against the bid.

German olympic bid officials dispute the characterization of the bid as environmentally unfriendly.

According to Michael Vesper, head of the Munich 2018 supervisory board, “The vision for an environmentally friendly Games has in no way failed. Quite the opposite. This is the the most ambitious environmental concept for an Olympic bid in decades. We will continue working to convince the critics.”

Germany is competing with South Korea’s Pyeongchang and France’s Annecy bids for the 2018 Winter Games.

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