Berlin, which last hosted the Olympics in '36, "will unveil its concept" for the 2024 Games on Monday and "will follow up with a city referendum as Germany has still to decide on a bid between Hamburg and the capital for those Games or 2028," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Outgoing Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit said, "We will answer the questionnaire of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and then we will unveil our concept on Sept. 1." He added, "After that there will be a vote for all Berliners to decide. We want the widest possible support in this." The IOC "is eager to ensure future bidders having local citizens on their side to ensure smooth preparations and enthusiasm during the world's biggest multi-sports event." The DOSB "has yet to set a deadline for a decision on which German city will be put forward for the summer Games in 10 years or if it is going to go ahead with a candidacy for the 2028 Olympics." Bidding for the 2024 Games starts in '15 with a decision to be made in '17. No city "has officially announced a bid yet" but several, including L.A. and Boston as well as Paris, Istanbul, Qatar's Doha and Durban, South Africa, are among potential candidates (REUTERS, 8/26). The DPA reported both cities "have already had bad experiences with Olympic bids." Berlin "failed in '93, receiving only nine of 88 votes in its bid to host the 2000 Games." Hamburg "lost domestically to Leipzig in its fight to the host the 2012 Olympics" (DPA, 8/26).
Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy said that Rosa Khutor, which was one of the main hubs of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is "completely empty" six months after the games, according to Tony Manfred of BUSINESS INSIDER. Rosa Khutor was the center of the "mountain cluster" of 2014 Olympic venues. Belenkiy called the town "lifeless" in a post on his Live Journal blog. He said that the shops, restaurants, and hotels were operating at 5% capacity and that "he encountered only a handful of tourists on the streets." Belenkiy acknowledges that the town "will see more activity when the winter ski season returns." But given the established lack of post-Olympic planning that went into the Sochi venues, "these photos are ominous for the legacy of the 2014 games." They "are reminiscent of the abandoned venues from the 2004 Athens Olympics" (BUSINESS INSIDER, 8/22).