Germany poised to pick 2024 candidate city
Either Berlin or Hamburg will be announced on Monday as the German Olympic Sports Confederation`s (DSOB) candidate city for the 2024 Summer Games and Paralympics.
Berlin: Either Berlin or Hamburg will be announced on Monday as the German Olympic Sports Confederation`s (DSOB) candidate city for the 2024 Summer Games and Paralympics.
Both cities will state their case in a 15-minute presentation during the day-long meeting in Frankfurt with 43 representatives from sports, politics and civil societies set to give their input.
DSOB president Alfons Hoermann is expected to announce the decision at 1900 local time (1800 GMT).
The decision will still need to be ratified by a DSOB Extraordinary General Assembly meeting in Frankfurt on March 21 and a referendum will be held in the winning city to ensure the local population are behind a bid.
Munich`s proposed bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics was dropped after organisers there lost a local referendum.
An opinion poll published last week showed 64 per cent of Hamburg residents approve their city hosting the Olympics, compared to 55 per cent in Berlin, whose unsuccessful bid for the 2000 Games was undermined by protests.
Cities have until September 15 to formally enter the race and so far Boston and Rome have officially declared that they will bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, although Paris is expected to announce a bid.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is due to choose the host city in 2017.