Cape Town - The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) has confirmed that it will bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, with either Berlin or Hamburg set to be put forward as the country’s applicant city. “Olympic and Paralympic Games are the most important events for German sports,” DOSB president Alfons Hoermann said.
According to the SportBusiness website, the DOSB will make a decision on which of the two cities to support on March 21, 2015. If the country’s bid for the 2024 Olympics in unsuccessful, Germany is likely to bid for the 2028 Games.
“Sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games are a chance for the entire country and especially for the city hosting the Games and its region. From Munich 1972 to London 2012 it becomes clear what they can trigger in the economy and society if well conceived and executed.” Hoermann added: “We are confident that it will be a big opportunity for one of the cities and a big opportunity for the entire sport. We are also confident that an Olympic project can be - and will be - good for our country. We have two excellent candidates in Berlin and Hamburg.”
Hoermann had previously said that the DOSB would wait until next year before deciding whether to proceed with a bid, but it now appears that the only question will surround the identity of the bidding city.
The US is set to put forward a bid to host the 2024 Games, while Doha, Istanbul, Paris and Rome, as well as South Africa, are considering entering the running.