Tuesday, 6 October 2020. The Local Organising Committee of the European Championships Munich 2022 has been in action for almost a year now, planning the biggest sports event since the 1972 Olympic Games. Numerous emails reach the office in Olympiapark, but on this day, one in particular stands out from the crowd. The sender: Walter Heiss.
"I congratulate the City of Munich on winning the bid to host the European Championship 2022. Since I was assigned as a VIP usher at the Olympic Regatta Course for three weeks in 1972, I hereby apply for a comparable task at this event," it says in the opening lines. Photographs are included as evidence: one from the summer of 1972 and two from the anniversary celebration in 2012. The uniform still fits, he adds.
"We got in touch and through this email correspondence I also offered to show up again in the original uniform from '72. Of course, I wanted to become a bit more interesting," he recalls.