The First Olympic Hurdle Should Be Voter Support

Hamburg's vote against an Olympic bid is only the latest in a series of such referendum decisions.

More fun without the games.

Photographer: Martin Rose

Last weekend, the German city-state of Hamburg joined a distinguished club of "Nolympians," voting by 52 percent against seeking to host the 2024 Olympics.  Perhaps making such votes obligatory for all bidding cities could be the first step toward restoring the tattered reputation of global sporting events.

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