Munich 2022 Games Bid Ruled Out By Referendum Loss

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Munich will not bid for the 2022 winter Olympics after failing to win the support of the local population in a referendum on whether to bid for the Games.

The Olympic rings are seen in front of the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Munich will not bid for the 2022 winter Olympics after failing to win the support of the local population in a referendum on whether to bid for the Games.

Munich mayor Christian Ude said the 2022 bid "had failed" after the Alpine community of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, one of four where elections were held, voted against another bid after Munich had unsuccessfully pitched for the 2018 Games.

Munich bid hopefuls needed to win all four elections in the communities where the Games would have been held but early results suggested they could end up losing all four.

Results in Garmisch showed a narrow victory for those opposing the Olympics in their area because of environmental, construction and financial concerns with 51.5 percent against, while the negative result was even stronger in two other votes.

The Munich city votes were still being counted.

"We have to accept this result. Unfortunately, this is from our view a missed opportunity," German Olympic Sports Confederation General Director Michael Vesper said.

A total of 1.3 million were eligible to vote at the elections in Munich, Garmisch and the communities of Berchtesgadener Land and Traunstein.

Munich had attempted to become the first city to host the summer and winter Olympics, after staging the 1972 summer Games.

Kazakhstan's Almaty and Ukraine's Lviv have announced their candidacies and China's state media reported that Beijing and the northern city of Zhangjiakou will jointly bid for the Games.

The deadline for bids with the International Olympic Committee is November 14. Sochi will host next year's winter Games while South Korea's Pyeongchang beat Munich for the 2018 Olympics.