Tuesday , 28 September 2021

Thomas Bach analyzes the referendum in Hamburg

The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, analyzes the results of the referendum, regarding the candidature of Hamburg for the 2024 Olympic Games.

‘The IOC of course respects the close vote by the citizens of Hamburg. We regret the decision which should be seen in the light of the very particular and difficult circumstances the referendum was held in. This is a missed opportunity for Hamburg and Germany. Obviously the narrow vote was greatly influenced by the discussion about the financing of the project presented by the candidate city. The budget for organizing the Olympic Games with 3.4 Billion Euro was very well-balanced, with the IOC contributing 1.7 Billion US Dollar to this budget and to the success of the Games, compared to the 1.2 Billion Euros the city wanted to invest in the infrastructure budget of 7.8 Billion Euro. We are aware that the decision came at a time, in which Germany has to manage a historic challenge with an extremely high number of refugees coming into the country. This requires a great effort by German government and society and is causing widespread feelings of uncertainty.

The decision also may have been influenced by regrettable incidents with regard to doping and corruption in other sports organizations. This is a pity, since the IOC itself ensures transparency and good governance and applies strict anti-corruption rules with its Olympic Agenda 2020 reform programme in line with highest international standards. The IOC is proud to have four strong candidate cities. Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome are looking with anticipation to the future of their cities and to use the Olympic project as a catalyst for positive, sustainable and feasible development. They all are already working together with the IOC to take full benefit of the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, which is focusing to have the Olympic Games being in line with the long-term needs of the citizens of future Olympic Cities’.

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