Hamburg Joins Berlin In Olympic Bid

Hamburg is joining Berlin in a bid to be Germany’s candidate for either the 2024 or 2028 Summer Olympic Games.

Along with Berlin, lawmakers in Hamburg approved plans Tuesday to present a bid to the German Olympic Committee.

Hamburg wanted to bid for the 2012 Games, but lost the internal competition to Leipzig which was then defeated by London.

Thirty-one of the 35 required venues are reportedly in place and only need to be modernized.

According to polls, 73 per cent of Hamburg residents approve of a bid while in Berlin 52 per cent are in favour of bidding.

The group “NOlympia” is opposing a possible Olympic bid from both Hamburg and Berlin.

Berlin’s bid will have to be approved by a referendum while citizens of Munich voted against a 2022 Winter Olympic bid.