Should we get rid of the Olympics

Pros & Cons: Olympia 2022 in Munich?

On Sunday, citizens in Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Traunstein and Berchtesgadener Land can vote on Munich's application for the 2022 Olympics. Two argue.

Pro: A unique opportunity for Germany

by Marco Ries

Certainly, there is much to criticize about the conduct of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Olympic Winter Games cause high costs, even the application for them - regardless of whether Munich is even awarded the contract in the end.

But is that supposed to be the reason to forego a great idea? All over the world people watch the Olympic Games, they cheer, celebrate and suffer with the world's best athletes. To host such an event is an honor and ensures a great boost to the image - not only in Munich, but also in the regions involved, which live from tourism. There is no better advertising.

There is also no doubt that Munich has the most sustainable Olympic bid. More sustainable than the previous venues, more sustainable than the expected competitors. Most of the sports facilities already exist, others are only being built temporarily. Around 1.8 billion euros of the expected costs of 3.3 billion euros will flow into the infrastructure, from which the population will continue to benefit after 2022.

Anyone who would like to see German athletes cheering at the Olympic Games in the future must support this application. The Olympics in one's own country is every athlete's dream, a further motivation for top performance, and it releases funds that not only benefit top-class sport.

We have often proven that we are a great host for major sporting events. Once again, let's prove that Germany is doing better than other venues that we are only too happy to criticize. If the referendum fails on Sunday, there will be no more Olympic Games in Germany anytime soon. We shouldn't screw up this chance ...

Cons: Munich doesn't need that

by Andrea Kessler

It can be assumed that Munich would do a lot better than the future venues in Sochi and Pyeongchang. Nevertheless, the 2022 Winter Olympics should not take place in Munich.

The financial risk for the regions involved, the state of Bavaria and the federal government is too high. If the Olympic Winter Games are to take place in Munich in 2022, one is forced to sign the toggle contracts of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The financial risk is with us, only the IOC makes sure profit. In the course of this, you have to ask yourself: Do we want to take a high risk for a lot of money - only to end up failing with the application, which alone will cost around 30 million euros (because the competition is extremely strong with Oslo) ? Or do we want to use the money sensibly so that it does not benefit the Olympia brand but us citizens?

The Olympics would certainly also bring positive impulses with it. But does Munich really need that? The region is already one of the economically strongest in all of Europe, and Munich is already a world-famous city that, like Garmisch-Partenkirchen, is a popular tourist destination.

The expected extensive interventions in nature also speak against the games. Did you know that around 60 percent of tourists come to Garmisch in summer and not in winter? Only around every tenth tourist visits Garmisch-Partenkirchen to practice winter sports there. In the interests of these people, it should be the top priority to preserve nature.

There are numerous arguments against the Olympic Winter Games in Munich. Hence: NOlympia in Munich.