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Munich’s 2022 Winter Olympic bid spurned by voters

Voters rejected plans for Munich to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, an embarrassing setback for newly elected International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach of Germany.

Early results from yesterday’s ballot gave Olympic opponents a majority. Olympic planners needed to have a majority “yes” vote in all four Bavarian communities that went to the polls and were planned as the hubs of the games, including Munich itself and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the planned site for the glamorous Alpine events.

“The vote is not a signal against the sport, but against the nontransparency and the greed for profit of the IOC,” said Ludwig Hartmann, a Greens party lawmaker and a leader of the NOlympia movement that led the campaign against the bid. “I think all possible Olympic bids in Germany are now out of question. The IOC has to change first. It’s not the venues that have to adapt to the IOC, but the other way around.”

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