Hamburg ahead of Berlin in local support for 2024

Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:58am EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

BERLIN (Reuters) - The northern port city of Hamburg has edged ahead of capital Berlin in their head-to-head race for the German candidacy for the 2024 Olympics, recording stronger local support in a poll, the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) said on Tuesday.

Hamburg has 64 percent of local residents in favor of a Games candidacy while just over one in two Berliners (55 percent) showed support for an Olympic bid.

"We are delighted with the support for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and especially that in both cities there was an increase (of support)," said DOSB President Alfons Hoermann.

"Now we have a good basis for the decision making process."

The poll was conducted in February over the telephone with a sample of 1,500 citizens over the age of 14 in both cities.

The DOSB is set to name its preferred choice on March 16 before its members decide on the final German selection on March 21.

Hamburg is pitching a Games on the water, making use of inner-city land while Berlin, hosts of the 1936 Olympics, is highlighting its multi-cultural character as a city and the use of existing sports facilities including the iconic Olympic stadium.

But there will also be a referendum in the city once selected as the DOSB is desperate to get as much local backing as possible.   Continued...

General view of the harbour of Hamburg with construction site of the Philharmonic Hall and Harbour City, September 23, 2012.  REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer