The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) sent out a questionnaire to both cities explore prospects for an application to host the games in Germany in 2024 or 2028. On the same day as Berlin, Hamburg’s first mayor Olaf Scholz answered the 13 questions and presented a roadmap for an Olympic bid in the Hanseatic city.
Olympia in the port
Hamburg’s response to the DOSB comprises 46 pages. The city-state plans to host the games on Kleiner Grasbrook, an island in the Elbe river located right in the heart of the Hanseatic city. After the sporting spectacle, all facilties are to be dismantled, reduced in size or converted for new use. The Olympic Hall that will have to be newly erected could then serve as a cruise terminal. For the Olympic stadium, it is envisaged to built it back from 70,000 to around 25,000 seats and supplement it by offices, which would ensure by their rent the maintenance of the sports facility.
Decision on 6 Dezember 2014
Parallel to Hamburg, also Berlin submitted its application. The DOSB will announce its decision whether and with which city Germany wants to bid for the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2024 or 2028 no later than 6 December. The consent of Hamburg for the games is great: In July, 73 per cent of residents voted in favour of a nomination of the Hanseatic city as organiser of the games. In spring 2015, the citizens will be asked their opinion on the games in a referendum.
Germany’s sports capital
Hamburg is a sports-loving city, and according to a study by the University of Osnabrück the country’s most acitive and sportiest city. In 2012, the German Olympic team was welcomed with great enthusiasm in the port of Hamburg after their return from London. With the Hanse Marathon, the Cyclassics bike race or the ITU-Triathlon, the Hanseatic city hosts major sporting events with global appeal each year.
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