Hamburg will be holding a referendum November 29 on it bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, but according to a poll conducted on behalf of the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) 64 per cent of city residents already back an Olympic bid. Across Germany, 66 per cent are in favour of the bid that sees the city squaring off against Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome.
The survey conducted early in September was based on 1000 interviews in Hamburg and 1003 nationwide.
Other Hamburg results showed that 71 per cent believe the Olympic Games could positively influence the development of the city and 83 per cent said the Games would have a positive impact on the city’s reputation. In the nationwide survey, 73 per cent of respondents were of the opinion that Olympic and Paralympic Games in Hamburg would have a positive effect on Germany’s reputation in the world.
“The task now is to strengthen the positive mood in Hamburg and Germany to mobilize voters,” DOSB Executive Board chairman Michael Vesper said explaining that whomever wants the Games in Hamburg must go out and vote on November 29.
Meanwhile on Thursday the city of Hamburg released a master plan that included facets of the sports venue concept for the 2024 Games.
“The concept outlines a compact, sustainable and urban Games in the heart of the city and shows how the Olympic City district should look as a new project for the future,” a statement said.
Community consultations for the plan began in June and July and renowned firms were engaged to help design urban development concepts and sport facilities.
Also on Thursday Hamburg 2024 appointed International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board member Claudia Bokel to its Board of Trustees, The new role will charge Bokel with establishing key international contacts as the bid progresses.
Bokel is also Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, but she resigned her post on the IOC Ethics Commission in August citing a possible conflict of interest with the Hamburg 2024 bid.
The IOC will elect the host city September 2017 in Lima, Peru.