The Board of the German National Olympic Commitee selected Hamburg over Berlin on Monday to bid for the 2024 Olympics. The decision still needs to be ratified at the committee’s general assembly on 21 March 2015. It will also have to pass a referendum to be held later this year in Hamburg,. A recent poll commissioned by the committee revealed that 64 per cent of Hamburg residents are supporting the city’s Olympic bid, while only 55 per cent of Berlin locals backed the capital’s candidacy.
Compact & Convincing
“Both cities presented excellent concepts,” committee president Alfons Hoermann said in announcing the decision. “Hamburg has a fascinating and compact concept that fits excellently into the IOC reform process.” Of the 33 German sports federation, 18 favored Hamburg, while 11 supported Berlin, with four having no preference. In the international competition as host city, Hamburg will have to win against Boston, Rome, Paris and other possible contenders such as Baku, Azerbaijan; Budapest, Hungary; and Istanbul, Turkey. The International Olympic Committee will select the host city in 2017. Germany has not staged an Olympics since the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. Hamburg plan to host the games centrally in and around a 10-kilometre (six-mile) radius of its port.
Olaf Scholz: “A great honour for Hamburg”
Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz: “It would be a great thing if Germany should be hosting the Olympic Games once again after 1972’s Games in Munich. Sports surmounts barriers, welds together, and triggers off enthusiasm. But not only sports in Germany, but all of Germany would highly benefit from the Olympic and Paralympic Games Hamburg’s approach for the Olympic Games at the Alster and Elbe rivers is very compact, it is transparent, and it’s made by the people. for the people. It thus perfectly meets the requirements formulated by the IOC. For us, it would be a great honour to welcome the world in Hamburg. “
Chamber of Commerce Welcomes The Decision
Fritz Horst Melsheimer, President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, commented on the recommendation of the DOSB Bureau to apply with the City of Hamburg for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024, as follows: “The recommendation of the German Olympic Sports Confederation Bureau is a great confirmation of the Hamburg concept, and we are all filled with joy. Now, we look forward to the general assembly on 21 March and hope that all members will follow the board’s recommendations. An unanimous vote for Hamburg would give the German proposal a strong boost. The recommendation also confirms the support the Hamburg economy has given to the city’s application as host city, and to sports in Hamburg in general.”