Hamburg to hold public vote on 2024 Olympic bid in November

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Hamburg residents will decide Nov. 29 whether the German city will proceed with a 2024 Olympic bid, the German Olympic Committee said Tuesday.

Hamburg was chosen over Berlin to be Germany’s bid city for the 2024 Games in March. Then, Hamburg public support was at 64 percent for the bid, according to The Associated Press, with 50 percent needed in the Nov. 29 vote to proceed.

“The enthusiasm is still very, very good,” Hamburg bid leader Bernard Schwank said in May, according to Around the Rings. “We expect that we get it [the public backing], but you never know.”

Hamburg, Boston and Rome are confirmed bidders for the 2024 Olympics. Boston, with lesser public support than Hamburg in recent polls, also plans to hold a public vote, proposed for November 2016, to decide whether to proceed.

International Olympic Committee members will vote to determine the 2024 Olympic host city in 2017.

A Munich 2022 Winter Games bid was scrapped after a public vote against the bid by Munich residents in November 2013.

Germany last hosted an Olympics in 1972, the Munich Summer Games.

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