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Hamburg withdraws 2024 Olympic bid after referendum

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Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz, left, and Alfons Hoermann, President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, officially sign Hamburg’s application letter to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024 in Hamburg, northern Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)


Hamburg will not continue its bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, withdrawing from the race after a public referendum was held.

If over 50% of the voters in Hamburg had voted in support of the Olympic bid they would have stayed in race. However, the New York Times reported that of the 650,000 votes that were cast, 51.7% were against the bid.

Olaf Scholz, the mayor of Hamburg, said, “This is a decision that we did not have liked but it is clear.”

A public referendum also ended Munich’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Germany has not hosted a Games since 1972.

The cities that remain in contention to host the 2024 Olympics are Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris and Rome. None of these plan to hold public referendums.

The 2024 host city will be selected on September 13th, 2017 at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Lima, Peru.