Competition for 2024 Summer Olympics thins as Hamburg bows out
One of Los Angeles’ main rivals in the competition to host the 2024 Summer Olympics has dropped out of the running.
Hamburg withdrew on Sunday after a slim majority of citizens in the German city voted not to support the bid.
“The result is bitter for us,” bid leader Nikolas Hill said, adding that “without the majority support of the citizens of Hamburg in 2024 we will not bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to our city.”
L.A. and Paris remain as the front-runners, with Rome and Budapest, Hungary, also in the race.
“With these strong competitors we all can look forward to an exciting Olympic Games 2024, whoever the winner will be,” an International Olympic Committee spokesman said in a statement.
The process will continue for nearly two years, with the IOC scheduled to select a host in the summer of 2017.
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