For downhill Olympic champion Aksel Lund Svindal, a German bid could help solve the problems of the Olympic movement. “If Germany wants the games in Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen soon and attaches conditions, the IOC has no choice but to listen,” said the 39-year-old Norwegian in an interview with “Welt”.
Svindal is particularly concerned with the topic of sustainability. The International Olympic Committee is now thinking in the right direction, but you can “do more on the subject of sustainability than the IOC has done so far,” he said: “And I think if we make proposals, they go into it. Because they see that we have to turn the tide. Otherwise the Olympics will eventually die.”
Svindal ended his career in downhill after winning the 2019 World Cup, and he does not envy his successors the games in China. “I really feel sorry for the athletes. Because of the Corona situation we are in right now and because of the political debate about the organizer, about human rights.”
After a public survey, Munich dropped out of the race to host the 2022 Winter Games, ultimately only Beijing and Almaty/Kazakhstan remained. “If you don’t want to be part of the solution, you’re part of the problem,” Svindal said.