Munich Partners; Pyeongchang Climbers; Peace and Sport Forum

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Munich Partners

Two more companies joined Munich’s 2018 Olympic bid.

Getty Images and Turner Broadcasting System were announced as partners on Tuesday.

As a Media Partner to the Munich bid, TBS "will actively endorse Munich 2018 and raise awareness for the bid on an international scale". Getty will give Munich 2018 access to over 70 million rights free images and 30,000 hours of footage.

Bernhard Schwank, CEO of Munich 2018, said "these two deals are pivotal to Munich 2018’s delivery of compelling messages to the Olympic family over the critical months ahead".

PyeongChang Enlists Residents for Bid Race’s Final Leg

The people of PyeongChang are keeping busy as the 2018 Olympic bid race enters its home stretch.

Residents throughout Gangwon Province gathered over the weekend to decorate nearby Alpensia mountain resort with colorful messages of support.

Alpensia would host six venues, plus the Olympic Village, Media Village and IOC hotel should South Korea win hosting rights to the Winter Games.

"Over 91% of the South Korean population endorses the PyeongChang bid and this unwavering support inspires us to keep our promises to the IOC and deliver on our commitments," bid chairman and CEO Yang Ho Cho said Tuesday in a statement.

Last weekend, a group of climbers scaled Korea’s southernmost peak to celebrate the 200-days-to-go mark until the IOC votes July 6 on the 2018 host at its session in Durban, South Africa.

Bid books are due to IOC headquarters Jan. 11.

Peace and Sport Dates

Dates for the 2011 Peace and Sport International Forum are set.

The organization announced that the fifth forum will be held in Monaco October 26-28.

Peace and Sport is conducted under the patronage of IOC member Prince Albert of Monaco.

The 2010 forum was held in Monaco at the start of December and brought together more than 500 experts from 90 countries: governments, sports governing bodies, top-level athletes, international press, academics, as well as representatives from the civil society and the private sector, to discuss how to use sport as a means to achieve peace.

"[T]he Peace and Sport platform can only produce tangible results with your involvement" it said in a statement. "Alone and isolated we can make limitedprogress. Together, with an effective network, we can demonstrate the positive influence of sport for sustainable peace and continue to highlight best practices and inspire new initiatives to make a real difference in the field."

Sinopec Signs Up with IAAF

China’s biggest oil refiner is the International Association of Athletics Federations’ latest sponsor.

The IAAF announced Tuesday an agreement that will make Sinopec the IF’s official partner in the oil and natural gas category through 2015.

"In our pursuit in growing the excellence of the sport of Athletics in all continents of the world, I am delighted to be associated with such a prestigious partner, especially with the staging of two out of our next three World Championships in the continent of Asia," IAAF president Lamine Diack said in a statement.

"I am sure that Sinopec will add a lot of value to the world athletics family and this partnership will go a long way to strengthen our presence in China and Asia."

The Fortune 500 company was the title sponsor of 2010’s IAAF/Sinopec World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning, China.

IAAF now boasts seven official partners for its 2011 World Championships slated for Aug. 27 - Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.

Cover Story for Rome 1960

A magazine feature is the latest, and perhaps last, lens through which the Paralympic Movement is commemorating Rome 1960.

The Italian capital celebrated in late September the 50th anniversary of what was in many ways the first fully realized Games for athletes with disabilities.

The occasion is again marked this week with the cover story to the latest edition of The Paralympian, the official magazine of the International Paralympic Committee.

Among the highlights of the Rome content is an interview with Paralympic Order recipient and long-time Women in Sport committee member Jean Stone.

To read the issue, click here.

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Written by Matthew Grayson.