Hamburg Referendum Votes Against Bidding to Host 2024 Olympics

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:03
FEI News

Hamburg has bowed out from bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games after losing its referendum. Hamburg received only 48.3% support from people, while more than 50% was needed to move forward with the bid.

Hamburg's mayor Olaf Scholz announced the voting results on Sunday 29 November 2015. Critics of Hamburg's bid said it was a waste of money  at a cost of €11.2 billion.

Germany has not hosted an Olympics since the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. German voters also rejected a bid by Munich to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

In July, the city of Boston decided to withdraw from the race to be host for 2024 amid a lack of public support.

The race to host the 2024 Olympics is down to four cities: Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome. The host city will be selected at the 2017 International Olympic Committee Session in Lima, Peru.

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