Munich wants to host European Championships in 2022
Munich will bid to stage the second edition of the European Championships, the multi-sports event, in 2022, following support from the city council.
The council met yesterday to give its backing to the project, which the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported would cost around €130 million ($148 million) to host.
Munich city council is happy to contribute one-third of the costs, but wants the federal government and state of Bavaria to match it.
Munich's Olympic Stadium and the Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich, have been identified as the main games venues.
Reacting to the news on Twitter, Svein Arne Hansen, president of European Athletics, wrote: "Absolutely delighted to hear the news that the great German Olympic city of Munich has confirmed a bid for the 2022 @Euro_Champs - 50 years after 1972 Olympics & 20 years after wonderful 2002 @EuroAthletics Champs!"
The inaugural European Championships were staged in 2018, with athletics in Berlin and aquatics, rowing, golf, triathlon, cycling and gymnastics in Glasgow.
The championships were deemed a success by the participating athletes, federations, fans and broadcasters, with the European Broadcasting Union, the umbrella body of the continent's public-service broadcasters, a key stakeholder in the project.
Berlin had been mooted as a possible host of the championships in its entirety in 2022, while there has also been interested from cities in Sweden.
European Championships Management, the founder of the event concept, has not ruled out the championships being co-hosted again, albeit LEN, the European governing body for aquatics, told Sportcal last year that it wants to see its disciplines held in the same city as the athletics competition in 2022.