Hamburg gets Olympic stage fright over terror, cost

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LAUSANNE: Olympic leaders on Monday called Hamburg’s referendum rejection of a bid for the 2024 Games a “lost” opportunity for the city, but fear of terrorism and bankruptcy along with sporting scandal all played a role. A referendum in the German city on Sunday (Monday in Manila) voted by 51.6% against a bid for the 2024 Games. It made Hamburg the latest in a growing line of European cities to shun an Olympic campaign for financial and political reasons. The surprise vote left Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome as the remaining candidates for the race to be decided in mid-2017 at an International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Lima.

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