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Hamburg says 'Nein' again: Residents vote against hosting 2024 Olympics in referendum

Berlin: Hamburg's bid to host the 2024 Olympics fell at the first hurdle today when residents voted 'No' in a crunch referendum as the German public again torpedoed plans to host a Games.

Local residents in Hamburg and Kiel, where the sailing events would have been held, vetoed the proposed bid with 51.7 percent of the 650,000 votes against the Olympic bid while 48.3 were in favour.

 Hamburg says Nein again: Residents vote against hosting 2024 Olympics in referendum

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This is the second time in two years that the German public has turned down the chance to host an Olympics after residents scuppered Munich's bid to host the 2022 Winter Games in a 2013 referendum.

AFP

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Updated Date: Nov 30, 2015 10:31:58 IST