GamesBids.com presents the seventh annual Top Ten list of Olympic Bid Stories for 2014. These stories impacted the course of Olympic bids, or the Olympic bid process, and formed interesting plot lines for the year. We’ll run them down from 10th to 1st during the holiday season.
#8 – Germany Hopes To Revive Public Support for 2024 Olympic Bid
This will be a challenge for the nation that has hosted the Summer Games twice – 1936 in Berlin and 1972 in Munich – because it was forced to abandon a planned bid for the 2022 Winter Games in Munich when a referendum decided against the prospect. Following that, four other European cities pulled out of the race when support was lost.
Again, earlier this year polls showed that respondents didn’t want the Summer Games in their cities but DOSB Director General Michael Vesper said he hoped new reforms set about by Agenda 2020 would change people’s minds and show that a lower cost Games was feasible.
The DOSB wil choose a city in March 2015. The IOC’s invitation phase open January 15 and applications are due September 15.
Rome, and a U.S. city have already committed bids.
A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.