Germany still hoping to host 2023 Olympics after IOC statement

The Rhine-Ruhr region will to continue its bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games, Armin Laschet, premier of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, said on Friday after consulting with the mayors of the cities involved. “We will continue to fight. The support of the cities is still there,” Laschet said. On Wednesday, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) declared Brisbane, Australia, the preferred candidate to host the Summer Games in 11 years. This means that the German Rhine-Ruhr initiative has hardly any chances left. But Laschet reacted with incomprehension to t…

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