Media Watch -- Munich Bid Rejection

(ATR) The media weighs in on Munich’s decision not to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics and what it says about the Olympic bidding process…

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 30:  DOSB General Secretary Michael Vesper poses with the concept study for the Olympic and Paralympic Wintergames  Munich 2022 during the DOSB Conference to discuss the Munich 2022 bid to host the Olympic Games, at Olympiahalle on September 30, 2013 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 30: DOSB General Secretary Michael Vesper poses with the concept study for the Olympic and Paralympic Wintergames Munich 2022 during the DOSB Conference to discuss the Munich 2022 bid to host the Olympic Games, at Olympiahalle on September 30, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Munich Referendum

"Munich’s referendum on whether to host games was smart," says an editorial in Financial Times. The editorial explores the divide between the "governing elites" and the people in a city that considers a bid for the Olympic Games. "Munich deserves a gold medal for consulting its residents before taking a bid to the IOC," Financial Times says.

Reuters reporter Karolos Grohmann also explores the split between a government’s desire to host the Olympics and the opinion of its citizens. Furthermore, Grohmann writes that Munich’s "spectacular 2022 Olympics snub" exposes the need to "review the process of bidding for the Games."

Leonid Bershidsky writes for Bloomberg and echoes Grohmann’s sentiments on Munich’s referendum: "Governments should ask people more often about the desirability of huge sporting events."

Bershidsky adds, "The least financially burdensome Olympics were those that avoided a bidding war for hosting rights."

The Local asks, "What is Germany’s Olympic problem?" Writer Tom Bristow highlights reactions from German sporting figures to Munich’s 2022 bid rejection.

In Other News

National Public Radio reporter Howard Berkes discusses a trend in the Olympic bidding process: "With the upcoming Winter Olympics set in a subtropical, palm tree-lined resort city on Russia's Black Sea, it's no surprise that two former Summer Olympics hosts are now seeking the 2022 Winter Games."

Boston Globe writer Shirley Young discusses the "Olympic-size elephant in the room." While Young affirms that Boston should "think big" in its quest to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, she predicts that the city will face a few "hurdles" along the way.

The Korea IT Times says the Gangwon province is becoming a "big priority" ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Gangwon province governor Choi Moon-Soon sat down with Korea IT Times to discuss preparations for the 2018 Winter Games, a new railway system, development in the Okgye district, as well as his "plan for tourism and economic growth" in the Gangwon area.

Compiled byNicole Bennett.

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