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Berlin Considers 2016 Olympic Bid

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Because of Germany’s success in hosting the World Cup, Berlin wants to bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Klaus Wowereit, Berlin’s governing mayor, says the city’s best chance of winning the Games would probably be in 2020, but Berlin will likely throw its hat in the ring for the 2016 Games to let the world know it is a serious Olympic Games contender.

Wowereit admitted in a radio interview that competition was always tough for cities bidding for the Olympics, but said it would be no shame for a city to be rebuffed first time around.

The last time Berlin staged a Summer Olympic Games was in 1936 but its efforts to win the 2000 Games had the city in last place among six competing countries. Wowereit said that since then Berlin had made great strides, developing new sports facilities and infrastructure. He said Berlin deserves another chance.

Berlin had been talking about hosting in 2004 after it unveiled its newly renovated Olympic Stadium, which was home to the World Cup and will be the venue for the 2009 World Track and Field Championships.

Hamburg is also considering a bid for the 2016 Games. Write or read comments about this article

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