• Germany's news in English

Final days of Hamburg Olympic vote battle

DPA/The Local · 27 Nov 2015, 08:25

Published: 27 Nov 2015 08:25 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

“We’re handing over the baton to the people of Hamburg and Kiel now,” said organising committee president Alfons Hörmann on Thursday.

If the bid were successful Kiel, a town on the Baltic coast, would also host some Olympic events including sailing.

“The outstanding vote participation shows that the Olympics Games project has arrived among the city’s people,” he added.

Up to this point 40 percent of the 1.3 million people who have a right to vote have handed their ballot paper in.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has also traveled to the harbour city to rally the ‘yes’ vote, encouraging voters to lay aside concerns raised by recent allegations of vote-buying to secure Germany’s 2006 World Cup bid.

“In view of the current debate on international sport's governing bodies, Hamburg and Germany should prove that a clean, fair and sustainable application can lead to success,” he said.

He added that Germany should also prove that in the face of terror threats it can still host safe sporting events.

But there is an ongoing dispute running between Hamburg and the German government about who will foot what proportion of the bill.

“As far as financing goes, we’re having healthy discussions,” said de Maizière. “We’re talking about a lot of money, but in the end we’ll come to an agreement.”

Hörmann also expressed optimism that an agreement would be reached.

“I don't have the slightest doubt that we’ll succeed in finding a mutual and sensible solution,” he said.

For Hörmann, if over 50 percent of the Hamburg electorate vote for the games then he believes they have the democratic legitimacy to take part in the bidding process against Paris, Los Angeles, Budapest and Rome which will be decided in Lima, Peru, in 2017.

“Anything over 50 percent of the votes counts as democratic legitimacy to go further,” he said.

Story continues below…

Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz also seemed optimistic, saying “we want to be successful on Sunday and we want to be successful in 2017 in Lima.”

Hörmann warned that if Hamburgers were to vote no it could have damaging effects for professional sport in the whole of Germany.

A successful bid would “put badly needed wind in Sportdeutschland's sails,” he said.

“I’m not going to pretend that this valuable and important effect would not be missing [if Hamburg wasn’t successful]. Instead of wind in our sails we’d be fighting against the wind.”


For more news from Germany, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Anger as Berlin scraps 'Armenia genocide' concert in Turkey
The Dresden Symphony Orchestra. Photo: DPA

Germany's foreign ministry Tuesday scrapped a planned symphony performance on the Armenian "genocide" in its Istanbul consulate, sparking accusations that it was caving in to Turkish pressure.

Obama to visit Berlin in last presidential trip to Germany
President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel during a Berlin trip in 2013. Photo: DPA.

The White House announced on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will be paying one last unexpected visit to the German capital - his last before he leaves office.

Hostility towards minorities 'widespread in Bavaria'
A village in southern Bavaria. Photo: DPA.

Hate and hostility towards groups deemed to be different are not just sentiments felt by fringe extremists, a new report on Bavaria shows.

Hated RB Leipzig emerge as shock challengers to Bayern
RB Leipzig. Photo: DPA

RB Leipzig's remarkable unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season has seen them suddenly emerge at the head of the pack chasing reigning champions and league leaders Bayern Munich.

Munich taxi driver in hospital after attack by British tourists
Photo: DPA

A taxi driver had to be hospitalized in Munich on Monday evening after three British tourists refused to pay their fare and then attacked him.

German police carry out nationwide anti-terror raids
Police outside a building in Jena during raids on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Police forces in five German states carried out raids on Tuesday morning with the aim of tackling the financing of terror groups, police in Thuringia have reported.

The Local List
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Photo: DPA

So you've mastered German, but now it's time to learn English all over again.

Iconic German church being eroded away by human urine
Ulm Minster towering over the rest Ulm surrounding the Danube. Photo: Pixabay

It will now cost you €100 to spend a penny. That’s if you get caught choosing to pee against the world-famous Ulm Minster.

German small arms ammo exports grow ten-fold
Photo: DPA

The government has come in for criticism after new figures revealed that Germany exported ten times the quantity of small arms ammunition in the first half of 2016 as in the same period last year.

14-year-old stabs 'creepy clown' in prank gone wrong
File photo: DPA.

A 16-year-old in Berlin decided he wanted to scare some friends, but his plot backfired in a violent way.

Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd