A co-chairwoman of Germany’s opposition Greens is leaving the
board for Munich’s 2018 Winter Olympics bid after a party
conference voiced environmental and fiscal concerns about the
The German news agency DAPD reported Sunday that the party
leadership had decided on the move to have Claudia Roth step down
as a member of the board.
A regular party conference on Saturday narrowly approved a
motion brought by members that described the bid as ”ecologically
anything but exemplary” and expensive for taxpayers.
Roth had sought to defend her backing for the bid – saying she
wanted to ensure that the games are ”as green as possible.”
Bid officials regretted the Greens’ move, but chief executive
Bernhard Schwank said the bid’s environmental concept had been well
received internationally and ”will be consistently implemented”
if Munich wins the games.
He pointed to the narrow passage of the Greens’ motion against
the bid as evidence that ”there is not complete rejection.”
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the Greens’
decision was ”regrettable” and stressed that he will continue
pushing Munich’s case.
”We saw with the 2006 football World Cup how much prestige our
country can win by holding international sports events,” said
Westerwelle, who is on the bid board.
Also in the running for 2018 are Annecy, France, and
Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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