19 Mar 2015

Hamburg is Germany's preferred choice for Olympic bid

12:23 pm on 19 March 2015

The northern port city of Hamburg has been picked as Germany's preferred choice for a 2024 Summer Olympics bid ahead of Berlin.

The German Olympic Sports Confederation's members are set to ratify the board's proposal later this week.

The DOSB board opted for Olympic newcomers Hamburg instead of Berlin, who hosted the Games in 1936, after an all-day meeting and following polls last week that showed Hamburg citizens were more in favour of the Games than the capital's residents.

Boston and Rome have already officially launched their candidacy with several more cities, including Paris, Doha, Istanbul and Baku seen as possible contenders until the September 15th deadline.

Hamburg will now need to stage a local referendum by September as it looks to shore up support in order to avoid strong opposition during the two-year campaign period until a decision in 2017.

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