Dutch Government Considers Olympic Bid

The Associated Press reports the Dutch Government is considering a bid for the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said Friday, “it would be fantastic if we could experience the Games in our own country again after 100 years”. Amsterdam hosted the Olympic Games in 1928.

Balkenende said the government would support a possible bid by the country’s Olympic Committee and also backed a plan by the committee to raise the overall standard of sport in the country, reports The Associated Press.

Balkenende said, “it is a plan with daring vision and decisiveness and that is exactly what the Netherlands needs in these troubled economic times”.

The plan would include improving sports facilities across the country, with the government also giving financial backing to a bid to co-host the soccer World Cup with Belgium in 2018 or 2022.

Amsterdam and Rotterdam are expected to try to host the Games if the Netherlands decides to bid.

Local Dutch politicians are reportedly at odds over where the Games should take place in 2028.

On Tuesday a Rotterdam alderman suggested in the daily newspaper De Telegraf that The Hague with its broad beaches would be a better option than his own city.

The chairman of Hock van Holland, part of the Rotterdam metropolitan area, countered by claiming his town boasts even bigger beaches than The Hague which would be ideal for beach sports.

The Dutch Olympic Committee/Dutch Sport Federation will decide in 2016 if the Netherlands is really ready for its second Olympic Games.

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