Munich gets approval to bid for 2022 Winter Games

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Associated Press

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 1:37 PM

MUNICH (AP) — Germany is moving forward with a possible Munich bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The German Olympic Sports Confederation approved a concept based mostly on Munich's unsuccessful bid for the 2018 Games, which were awarded to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Munich is seeking to become the first city to host both the summer and winter games. The Bavarian capital staged the 1972 Summer Olympics, which were shaken by the massacre of members of the Israeli team.

Before a 2022 bid goes ahead, it must be supported by a referendum on Nov. 10 — four days before the deadline for submitting bids to the International Olympic Committee.

Germany's Thomas Bach was elected IOC president this month. German sports officials believe that will improve Munich's prospects of getting the games.

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