Madrid is planning another bid to host the Summer Olympics, hoping the potential revenue will help the city through the financial crisis. Tokyo is also throwing its hat in the ring.
After beating out Berlin, Hamburg has been officially accepted by Germany's Olympic Committee to bid for the 2024 games. The country's famous port faces competition from Rome and Boston.
Germany's Olympic Sports Confederation is recommending Hamburg as the country's sole representative for the 2024 Olympic bidding process. With the decision, the German capital Berlin misses out as a possible candidate.
Germany's Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) wants Hamburg to be Germany's Olympic city in 2024. DW sports editor Stefan Nestler thinks it is a good idea, and hopes Germans will get behind it.
Berlin is keen to give the Olympic Games a fresh direction: modest, cheaper, closer to the people. This perspective is unlikely to bring them many plus points from the IOC, but it may win over the people.