Hamburg says no to the 2024 Olympics—and it’s not clear why any city would say yes

The citizens of Hamburg, Germany, were not feeling the Olympic spirit as they voted down the city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Games yesterday (Nov. 29). A spokesman for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) characterized the vote as a lost opportunity, but said there will still be a “strong competition” between the remaining candidate cities: Rome, Budapest, Paris, and Los Angeles.

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