Germany is considering bidding for the Olympics, a senior official has suggested, building on the success of an international event in Munich featuring nine sports and using many venues built for the Olympics in summer of 1972.
The Bavarian capital is hosting the European Championships from August 11-21, with large crowds flocking to the Olympic Stadium, the Rudi-Sedlmayer Hall and the Olympic Regatta Center, among others, to see sports such as athletics , cycling, gymnastics. and rowing.
“I think you can have an Olympics without everything being on a large scale,” German Olympic Committee (DOSB) chairman Thomas Weikert told ARD television. “It’s a really good event with nine sports and you can see you can build on that.”
The Summer Games up to and including 2032 have already been awarded to host cities.
With the International Olympic Committee (IOC) desperate to cut costs for host cities, which has scared off many potential bidders, having a proven 50-year legacy is a major plus should Germany decide to bid for the 2036 edition.
The DOSB has repeatedly failed to bring the Olympics – summer or winter – back to Germany since 1972.
“We are thinking about the Olympics in Germany – winter or summer. We are thinking about it but will ask the members first. We will publish a schedule at the next general assembly (DOSB) in December,” Weikert said.
The Winter Olympics have been awarded until 2026, when Milan and Italy’s Cortina D’Ampezzo will host, with Japan’s Sapporo the favorite for 2030.
Weikert said the DOSB will not propose a specific city but will develop a plan that must be followed for a candidate to ultimately emerge from this national process.
“We won’t make the mistake of saying it will be A or B. We will ask at length and see what comes out of it, if indeed Germany wants the Olympics,” he said.
“I am confident that the members will see this positively and will follow us in the proposals that we make.”
Past Olympic bids or plans for Hamburg, Leipzig, Berlin, Munich or the Rhine-Ruhr region, among others, have faced strong opposition, with local referenda in some cases ending plans early.
The main reasons for opposing the Olympics in Germany were the costs, the environmental impact, the limited perceived benefits for local residents and the refusal of the IOC to pay taxes in the host country for the billions of dollars in revenue. generated by the event.
Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics while Los Angeles will host the 2028 edition and Brisbane in Australia the 2032 Games. -Reuters