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Hamburg: High Hopes For Olympia

Hamburg better mobilised its locals than Berlin to support its application as host of the Olympic Summer Games 2024

Hamburg has won the first round in the 2024 Olympic bidding contest in Germany by mobilising more residents to support its application. According to a Forsa telephone poll to 1,500 residents in each city, there was more public support from Hamburg citizens (64 per cent) than from Berlin locals (55 per cent). The acceptance and support by the population is a crucial factor in the final decision of Germany’s national Olympic committee (DOSB). The board of DOSB will recommend one of the cities on Monday 16 March, with the final decision by the full assembly of DOSB taking place on 21 March at Frankfurt’s St Paul’s Church.

Best-Practice For Future Games

Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz commented on the results of the survey: “The Olympic Games will take place where they are being desired by the residents. Two-thirds of the citizens of Hamburg welcome the Olympic Summer Games in their city. We feel excited by the Olympic idea and its impulses that will positively shape our country. Also, the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Germany would not only be a unique experience limited to the event. Compact games, sustainable planning, and transparent procedures may also create a best-practice for future games in line with the Olympic idea. For centuries traditionally determined by the will of its people, the city-state of Hamburg is ready to host those games.”

Great Opportunities For Urban Development In The East

Hamburg’s head of state continued: “The IOC has set as target for the candidate city to present a permanent, sustainable use of the sports facilities. London 2012 has also won the bid to host the games because the officials wanted to bring forward the city’s less developed east. The same applies to Hamburg. Also here, in the Elbe city, the games would mean a big step forward in developing the city along its waterways and eastward across the Elbe.”

Medal Fight Also In Hamburg’s Fair Halls

Hamburg’s largest existing sports facility are the Hamburg exhibition halls, in which the athletes to the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be competing for for gold, silver and bronze in ten sports. “Our new halls are built for serve flexible purposes – not only fair shows. We would thus be pleased to welcome athletes from around the world. Hamburg Messe, too, is ready for the Games”, said Bernd Aufderheide, Chairman and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC). If chosen, volleyball, table tennis, taekwondo, judo, fencing, boxing, wrestling and badminton will be taking place during the Olympic Summer Games at Hamburg Messe’s halls. At the Paralympic Games, the decisions in table tennis, judo, goalball, wheelchair fencing, and bowls will be following in the fair’s hall.

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