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  • Olympic Briefs -- Schwank to Manage Munich bid, YOG Prep on Track


    02/12/09

    Bernhard Schwank has been appointed as manager of the Munich 2018 bid. (Getty Images)
     Schwank Appointed Manager of Munich 2018 Bid

    In spite of big problems with the sponsor search following the worldwide financial crisis, the Munich 2018 bid is optimistic about their chances in the difficult competition for the Winter Games.

    Describing the potential field of candidates, Munich's Mayor Christian Ude stated that they didn't feel they were facing stiff competition yet.

    To meet the ambitious aim of raising the $39 million required to keep the bid on track, the bid will need to find private partners. A task that has been in difficult in recent months.

    “I would have to lie if I said that the economic crisis had not affected the sponsors," admitted Ude after the bid's associates meeting in the Bavarian state office.

    Forced to appoint a second manager following the departure of Wilfred Spronk, the Munich bid should receive a strong push under new leadership. Bernhard Schwank, the high level sport director of the German Olympic sports federation (DOSB), will assume the position immediately. He will work closely with Richard Adam, chief executive of the 2018 bid. Spronk had asked that he be absolved of his duties for health reasons.

    Ude commented neither Munich nor Bavaria had reservations with Schwank's appointment.

    "There has never been doubts about the job and the suitability of the applicant," Ude stated.

    IOC Vice President Thomas Bach announced this "unanimous" decision in connection with the meeting, where a 26-member supervisory board was also confirmed.

    Munich is bidding to become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics after staging the 1972 Summer Games.

    The German bid calls for Munich to hold ice events, with snow events to be held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, site of the 1936 Winter Games. Sliding events would be held in Koenigssee.

    The deadline for submitting applicant cities is mid-October. The IOC hosts an Applicant City Seminar in December.
    The IOC will vote on the host city at the 123rd IOC Session in July 2011 in Durban, South Africa.

    Singapore YOG Prep on Track

    The Singapore Community Development, Youth and Sports Ministry said preparations for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games are on track.

    Teo Ser Luck, senior parliamentary secretary addressed Parliament on Wednesday about the work being done for the Games. He said there are plans to foster friendship with the competitors and local school children.

    "These 205 countries will be sending their athletes to Singapore and every student in Singapore can also make friends with them. They will also have to do a project to learn about the cultures of these youths around the world," Teo said.

    Teo added there was interest in sponsorships for the Games, despite the worldwide economic downturn.

    He also said construction efforts have not been hampered in any way, and that all remaining work will be completed by the end of the year.

    Phelps Vows to Make Chinese Fans Proud Again

    Olympic medalist Michael Phelps promised to learn from his mistakes and make Chinese fans proud again after recently being photographed with a bong.

    In the video clip posted on Web sites in China, Phelps said, "The past few days have been tough for me, but I've received support and encouragement online from so many Chinese friends. I will learn from these mistakes, train hard, and make you proud again."

    British tabloid News of the World published the photograph last week.

    The 23-year-old won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Car company Mazda gave Phelps a sponsorship deal to endorse the company in China.

    Mazda stated it would continue to endorse Phelps. They join swimwear maker Speedo and watchmaker Omega.

    Kellogg will not renew its endorsement deal with Phelps.

    Cuban's First Female Gold Medalist Receives IOC Award

    The IOC gave Cuban Maria Caridad Colon the IOC Women and Sports Award Wednesday.

    Colon won the javelin Olympic title in Moscow in 1980. She was the first female gold medalist from Cuba. --

    "It is quite important for me, and especially for all Cuban women. It is at the same level of my 1980 Olympic title in Moscow. It's the reward for all these hard years of work," Colon said.
    Maria Caridad Colon of Cuba won the IOC’s Women and Sports Award Wednesday. (Getty Images)


    Two other Cuban women have been given the award. Volleyball team star Rafaela Gonzalez received the award in 2002, and Mireya Luis received it in 2004.

    The IOC Women and Sports Award is awarded annually to promote the advancement of women in sport. One recipient is chosen for Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. A woman is also chosen at the world level.

    2010 Winter Camp to be Held in Calgary

    The British Olympic Association announced that after a review of possible locations and a complete consultation process the location for Team GB's Preparation Camp is Calgary..

    The process in choosing Calgary was based on its previous 1988 Olympic Winter Games and Preparation Camp in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and proximity to Vancouver. The city's hospitals, transportation, leisure and recreational facilities and quality of sports venues also were factors.

    "Our team was in Calgary in November last year and the facilities there are truly fantastic," 2008 Curling World Championship Silver medalist David Murdoch said.

    Team GB will consist of about 50 athletes in the sports of biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, luge, skating and skiing.

    Solomon Islands, Honiara City to Work Together

    The Solomon Islands National Olympic Committee and the city of Honiara have vowed to repair relations between the two, ending a partnership that could be best described as acrimonious and icy.

    “We have find way forward to work together in sorting out the outstanding issues,” said NOCSI President Fred Maetoloa. He added the two would work to promote sport in the South Pacific country.

    A report in the Solomon Star said NOCSI met with the Honiara City Council Clerk and mayor to discuss how to move forward.

    “I am pleased with the outcome of the meeting. We look forward to work together with the council to promote sports and harmony,” Maetoloa was quoted as saying in the Star.

    In 2008, under the old NOCSI leadership, tensions between the two came to a head when the NOCSI lost control of its main facility, Multipurpose Hall, when the city government charged the NOC with failing to meet local regulations. Reports in local media said that members of the NOCSI then proceeded to inflict damages to the Hall.

    …Briefs

    …Mongolian National Olympic Committee President Demchigjav Zagdsuren met with Asian ambassadors to discuss how to promote sport in Mongolia. He, along with ambassadors from China and Russia, discussed the two countries sending coaches to Mongolia to help train athletes in certain sports.

    Media Watch

    Sources tell the Globe and Mail that Vancouver officials have reached an agreement with a group of Canadian banks to repay the Fortress loan and complete the Olympic Village.

    Written by Ed Hula III and Heinz Peter Kreuzer.
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