Berlin, Hamburg, Munich onlyGerman cities fit for Olympics

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3 June 2004 , BERLIN - Berlin, Hamburg and Munich are the only German cities suitable to host Olympic Games in the future, the head of Germany's umbrella sports organisation DSB, Manfred von Richthofen, said.

3 June 2004

BERLIN - Berlin, Hamburg and Munich are the only German cities suitable to host Olympic Games in the future, the head of Germany's umbrella sports organisation DSB, Manfred von Richthofen, said.

Von Richthofen said at an Olympic gathering that the elimination of Leipzig in the bid for the 2012 Games last month showed that only the three big cities in the country stood a real chance against international rivals such as London, Paris or New York.

"If one joins an international competition one has to come up with a bidder which has international prestige," said von Richthofen.

The port city of Hamburg was one of five German cities vying for the 2012 bid, but lost a German Olympic Committee election last year against Leipzig.

Leipzig was then considered too small by the International Olympic Committee.

Berlin hosted the Olympics in 1936, but failed to win the right to host the 2000 Games. Munich were hosts in 1972, the last Olympics in Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news 

 

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