Hamburg Bid For Summer Olympics?

HSB, Hamburg’s sports federation, has expressed its support for Hamburg to launch a bid for the Summer Olympic Games.

The umbrella body for sports organizations in the city said that it “supports in principle the idea of the realization of the Olympic Summer Games in Hamburg”.

In November Hamburg pulled back from a possible bid for the 2024 Summer Games following a “no” in a referendum held on Munich’s bid for the 2022 Winter Games.

Gunter Ploss, HSB President, told die Welt newspaper “it is hardly feasible to present a concept capable of winning in this short time frame”.

HSB reportedly said that it is to be considered to what extent a bid for the 2028 Olympics could be more profound and have greater chances of success than a bid for the 2024 Games.

HSB said that another prerequisite of a bid is the “fiscal commitment of the federal government, Hamburg citizens, and the Hamburg economy”. An overall plan, including the long-term safeguarding and development of the necessary sports facilities along with a sustainable financial concept taking into account all partners, must also be presented, according to HSB.