DOSB To Highlight Past Sporting Events Prior To Referendum On Hamburg's Olympic Bid
The German Olympic Committee (DOSB) will highlight the country's history of staging sporting events prior to a public referendum on Hamburg's potential Olympic bid. A recent survey, which was conducted on behalf of the DOSB, found that 63% of Hamburg's residents are in favor of an Olympic bid. The figure has boosted the hopes of organizers ahead of the referendum, which is scheduled for Nov. 29. "We are very confident with regard to the referendum," said Alfons Hörmann, president of the DOSB. The last time Germany considered hosting Olympic Games, residents in Munich voted against a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. However, circumstances have changed and the DOSB has a different approach. "On the one hand we are very transparent and tell the people all about the costs of possible Olympic Games," Hörmann said. "On the other hand we remind them of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany or the 1972 Games in Munich, which had a very positive effect on the development of the region around Munich and the sport in general in Germany." Hamburg bid organizers were expected to release an initial cost estimate for the Games in mid-September. There currently is only an estimate of €2.1B ($2.3B) for venue development.
|Proposed ballot for the referendum regarding Hamburg's Olympic bid.|