The findings of the various dialogue formats and discussions, summarised into seven social demands, were evaluated by the opinion research institute forsa in a nationwide, representative survey. The results of this market research can be found in the appendix to this declaration, along with the results of the survey conducted continuously since the beginning of the year by the ONE8Y agency on public approval of a possible bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Impetus for the entire country
  • The hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Germany must be anchored in the heart of society and provide impetus for a modern, diverse, and open Germany. They must contribute to the creation of a vision for our future life together, strengthen cohesion, and deliver added value for as many people as possible.
  • Already the bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games alone must generate positive effects for our country beyond the realm of sports and provide fresh impetus for existing development plans in various areas of society. The expansion and modernisation of the nationwide railway network, local public transport, barrier-free mobility in urban and rural areas, digital transformation, the reduction of bureaucracy, and the creation of inclusive exercise opportunities are just a few examples.
  • Potential Olympic and Paralympic Villages have to be designed with maximum sustainability in mind and offer living space for people after the Games.
  • The hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Germany must be an inspirational event that integrates other areas of society, such as education, science, art, and culture, thereby providing impetus particularly for younger generations.
  • The bid for and the staging of the Olympic and Paralympic Games should strengthen Germany‘s reputation and international perception and have a lasting positive impact, which should also have knock-on effects on the economy and tourism. Nationwide campaigns and projects should get Germany emotionally invested in the Olympic and Paralympic Games at an early stage to get things moving.
  • Within the context of a bid and the structuring of contracts, care must be taken to ensure that, as far as legal possibilities allow, particularly German or regional companies are considered when awarding contracts, and that sustainable framework conditions are adhered to.
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85 %

are convinced that the Olympics promote competitive sport and arouse widespread enthusiasm for sport

  • Already the bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games must ensure that a master plan is developed that consolidates sports resources and enables the major challenges of the future to be tackled jointly, actively, and in a targeted manner.
  • The post-Games use of sports facilities that are modernised for the Olympic and Paralympic Games must be fully guaranteed.
  • A bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games should result in improved infrastructural and personnel conditions for elite sports, associations, school sports, and recreational sports in Germany. A bid must, therefore, be combined with the creation of a nationwide sports facilities construction and renovation programme as well as the strengthening of volunteer work.
  • Sports and exercise should become self-evident, visible parts of our society already as a result of the bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, motivating people to exercise.
  • The Olympic and Paralympic Games must sustainably promote sports in all facets and drive the creation of stronger ties between recreational and elite sports.
  • The hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Germany should provide long-term support for all types of sports, especially those outside the media spotlight. New role models for future generations should be created.
  • The hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games should result in the further development of physical activity and sports offerings at daycare centers and schools, in public spaces, and in neighbourhoods through modern impulses, innovative concepts, and low-threshold participation opportunities for people in all phases and walks of life, enabling sports to unleash their health-promoting and unifying effects.
  • Already a rough first concept for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Germany must include initial legacy projects and measures that integrate recreational and competitive sports at an early stage to strengthen them in the long term.
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84 %

demand that costs be kept as low as possible

  • Continuous cost awareness and maximum transparency, including in the economic area, must be at the heart of the economic planning process of a bid.
  • When developing a Games concept, care must be taken to ensure that the economically most sustainable approach is chosen.
  • The bid and the staging of the Olympic and Paralympic Games must be subject to a realistic, justifiable, and binding cost cap. The plans must be determined by the available budget, not the other way around.
  • With the presentation of the bid concept next year, a sound and comprehensible financial plan for the bid and particularly for the staging of the Games must be available.
  • The economic benefits of the Olympic and Paralympic Games must be evaluated and any potential risks must be clearly identified.
  • Prior to the final submission of a bid to the IOC, it must be clarified and transparently communicated which part of the costs will be covered by revenues of the Games and which part will be financed with taxpayers’ money by different authorities (local, regional, national).
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  • Based on the results of the dialogue process and opinion research, a majority of German society is currently in favour of hosting a summer edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • The DOSB has been asked to conduct a binding review as to whether and under what conditions a bid for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2038 onwards would be feasible in addition to a bid for the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games – in particular considering the respective prospects of success and possible cooperation models with neighbouring countries. The review will be conducted as soon as the IOC has finalised and published the application and implementation criteria for the Winter Olympics to be held from 2038 onward.
  • A bid for the 2036 Olympic and Paralympic Games is largely regarded as an opportunity for Germany. Germany would have the opportunity, 100 years after the propaganda Games in Berlin and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, to present itself as a democratic, modern, and cosmopolitan country that can responsibly deal with its past while simultaneously staging colourful Games in the heart of Europe.
  • The 2036 Games are the next Summer edition of the Games to be awarded by the IOC, which is why a bid must be submitted for 2036. Nonetheless, the focus of a bid, also for this particular year, must be on sports and the lasting legacy of the Games, and not on a culture of remembrance.
  • The 2036 Games provide a good opportunity for the appropriate and sensitive communication of German history, especially to younger generations.
  • Since the international prospects of a German bid for 2036 may be viewed critically given the historical context and other geopolitical circumstances, a concept must be developed that also paves the way for a bid for the 2040 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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