Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement in Berlin this evening (8 May) on the outcome of the local referendum in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics:
“The “yes” vote by the citizens of Garmisch-Partenkirchen has given the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics a further boost.
By so successfully organizing the Skiing World Championship last winter, Garmisch-Partenkirchen demonstrated in an impressive fashion that it is well-equipped to host major sporting events.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen would provide a great opportunity for Germany to showcase itself once more on the international stage as a good host and an outward-looking country.
As Federal Foreign Minister I will make every effort, both at home and abroad, to bring the 2018 Olympic Games to Germany.”