POSTED: November 5th 2015
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Hamburg 2024: Olympic Games bid referendum kicks off

The special sign was created by Michael Batz to blend with his Blue Port Light Project / Witters
The special sign was created by Michael Batz to blend with his Blue Port Light Project / Witters


LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Hamburg 2024 bid to host the Olympic summer Games have opened a critical referendum that might decide the fate of the German bid. Hamburg is in the race to host the Games with Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome.

Voting started last week and citizens of the two cities involved in the bid, Hamburg and Kiel, have been able to weight in if their cities should host the Games.

Postal voting forms have gone out to 1.3 million eligible voters in Hamburg and almost 200,000 in Kiel, where the sailing events are slated to take place. 

However the referendum is scheduled for November 29th and a majority of votes is required in Hamburg as well as a positive reply by 20% of the city's eligible voters.

"The dispatch of the ballot papers has ushered in the critical phase of the referendum," said Nicolas Hill, CEO of Hamburg 2024. "We are optimistic because we have repeatedly gained the impression that confidence in our application among the populace remains high.

"The Olympic and Paralympic Games offer a fantastic opportunity for the city of Hamburg and for Germany as a whole.

"In the referendum, the citizens will also be deciding what image of our country we present to the world. Their direct participation shows that Hamburg 2024 stands for the highest degree of transparency.

"We are also publishing our contracts in accordance with Hamburg's Transparency Act, the most up-to-date legislation of its kind in Germany. What is more, in cooperation with Transparency International we have drafted a Code of Ethics that we intend to live up to," he added.

To commemorate the beginning of the referendum, lighting artist Michael Batz worked together with the organizers (Bewerbungsgesellschaft Hamburg 2024) came up with a special lighting installation "HH2024" that will be erected as a beacon for local residents and visitors to the city.

It will be set up at Kleiner Grasbrook, the area designated as the proposed Olympic Village where the athletes would be staying should Hamburg win the right to host the Games.

Batz also created the Blue Port light project, and said, "The Blue Port is known around the world and shows that Hamburg is an attractive location for art as well.

"How much more radiant will Hamburg appear in the peaceful glow of the Olympic flame.

"I hope we all experience inspiring Olympic Games - with art as our guiding light," he noted.

The final decision on who will host the 2024 summer Games will be voted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2017.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

 


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