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2024 Summer Olympics: Delegation To Inspect Hamburg's Sailing Venue

Rostock-Warnemünde, Lübeck-Travemünde, and Kiel are candidates for the Olympic sailing competitions

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the German Sailing Federation (DSV) have appointed nine members to a commission, which will evaluate the host of the sailing competitions of the Olympic Games in Hamburg in 2024.

Three Excellent Sailing Areas To Choose From

Led by Bernhard Schwank DOSB Executive Board, the commission will be visiting all candidate venues this week. It will inspect Rostock-Warnemünde and Lübeck-Travemünde on 9 April, followed by a visit to Kiel on 10 April 2015 prior to making a recommendation based on expert advice from the DSV. The final decision is expected still in April. Next to its board member Bernhard Schwank, the DOSB will also add to the commission Christian Sachs, director of the Berlin office of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, and Hans Heinrich, responsible for water sports.

High-Level Delegation

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is represented by Michael Neumann, Hamburg Minister of Sports, Dr. Michael Beckereit, chairman of the Commission on the Future of Sports in Hamburg, and Dr Kathrin Adlkofer, participant in the Olympic sailing competitions in 1996 and 1988. The DSV is represented by Nadine Stegenwalner, sports director, Timo Hass, chairman youth, and Jürgen Jentsch, 1st Chairman of the sailing club Füssen Forggensee (SCFF) and President of the International Tornado Association.

Germany Stands Behind Hamburg’s Application

On 21 March 2015, the general assembly of Germany’s national olympic committee voted in favour of Hamburg as the official German nominee and determined the Elbe city as the country’s only candidate for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Hanseatic city successfully competed against the German capital Berlin and aims to present games with short distances, on the water and in the heart of Europe’s second largest port.

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Games In The Heart Of The Port

Hamburg’s concept is particularly sustainable, compact and close to the public. An industrial site in the port will be converted into a new quarter – the “Olympic City”, which will also host the Olympic Park and the Olympic Village. The quarter is situated only one kilometre from the city centre, in the immediate vicinity of the flourishing HafenCity Hamburg district. After the Olympic Games, the quarter will be converted into an inner-city residential area with 3,000 apartments, the Olympic Hall will be transformed into a cruise terminal, and the Olympic Stadium will be largely retained for subsequent use. Moreover, the Hamburg Olympics will be climate-neutral, as energy demand and transport policies will focus on CO2 neutrality. The majority of competition venues will be within easy reach within a radius of ten kilometres, making the bicycle the major means of transport during the Olympics. For Hamburg, the Olympic Games are a prime urban development project and a stimulus, and they will also help to connect and develop urban areas in the city’s south.

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