Munich bid chief taken ill

Reuters - Thu, 02 Sep 16:12:00 2010

Munich's bid to stage the 2018 Winter Olympics will not be derailed by bid chief Willy Bogner's illness.

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Bogner confirmed this week he was suffering from an unspecified "serious" intestinal illness that could require surgery.

"Willy Bogner will be at the full disposal of the Munich 2018 bid with all his force," Michael Vesper, head of Munich's supervisory board as well as German Olympic Committee secretary general, said.

"He decided to talk about his illness himself but for us it was not a surprise. We have been aware of his health problem. We are confident he will lead a successful Munich bid for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

Bogner, a successful German fashion designer and former Olympic skier, has been leading the Munich bid, which has been plagued by problems in recent months.

Land owners in nearby Garmisch-Partenkirchen are refusing to offer their land for Olympic use and officials are now forced to negotiate for the use of NATO-controlled territory, including a golf course, in the area to solve their problems.

Anti-Olympics campaigners have also said they had received death threats for their opposition to the Games in Munich and Garmisch.

Munich is hoping to become the first city to stage Summer and Winter Games, competing with France's Annecy and South Korea's Pyeongchang for the 2018 Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee will elect the winning bid in July 2011.


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