The General Assembly of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) has voted in favour of Hamburg as the official German nominee for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The north German city prevailed over Berlin and aims to present games with short distances, on the water and in the heart of Europe's second largest port.
Hamburg's First Mayor Olaf Scholz comments: "It would be excellent for Germany to host the Olympic Games for the first time since 1972. Sport brings people together and creates enthusiasm. And yet not only the German sports sector, but also Germany as a whole would greatly benefit from hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It would be a great honour for us to welcome the world to Hamburg."
Hamburg's concept is particularly sustainable, compact and close to the public. An industrial site in the port will be converted into a new quarter - the "Olympic City", which will also host the Olympic Park and the Olympic Village. The quarter is situated only one kilometre from the city centre, in the immediate vicinity of the flourishing HafenCity Hamburg district.
After the Olympic Games, the quarter will be converted into an inner-city residential area with 3,000 apartments, the Olympic Hall will be transformed into a cruise terminal, and the Olympic Stadium will be largely retained for subsequent use. Moreover, the Hamburg Olympics will be climate-neutral, as energy demand and transport policies will focus on CO2 neutrality. The majority of competition venues will be within easy reach within a radius of 10km, making the bicycle the major means of transport during the Olympics. For Hamburg, the Olympic Games are a prime urban development project and a stimulus, and they will also help to connect and develop urban areas in the city's south.
Hamburg, the trading hub on the River Elbe, has a long history of maintaining international links. Values such as cosmopolitanism, tolerance and solidarity have been upheld for centuries, and the city aims to integrate these into the original Olympic idea.
In 2024, Hamburg aims to host games that are close to the public. Prior to this weekend's DOSB decision, Hamburg locals showcased their support and enthusiasm for the Olympic Games. Based on the motto "Feuer und Flamme", more than 100 local events were held across the city: the Alster Lake in the city centre was lined with 20,000 burning torches to create an "Olympic Alster Flame", a miniature Olympic Stadium was frequented by 75,000 miniature residents on a scale of 1:100, and Hamburg residents discussed pros and cons at numerous public forums.
To support the decision, the DOSB conducted a representative survey in the applicant cities. In Hamburg, 64% of surveyed participants voted in favour of the games. The final decision will be taken by the citizens of Hamburg in autumn with a referendum on the official nomination.