March 14 - Klaus Wowereit, the Mayor of Berlin, has reiterated the readiness of Germany's capital city for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
Hinting at a bid, he said Berlin - which last staged the Olympics in 1936 under Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime - would be ready for the Games.
"Berlin meets the requirements to host the Olympic Games, all the sports facilities are already in place," Wowereit explained.
He did say, however, that Berlin would not enter a bidding war against a fellow German city - Hamburg is said to be considering a bid for the 2028 Olympics.
Michael Vesper, director general of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), welcomed the interest from Berlin but insisted a bid would have to receive the backing of both the nation's population and sports bodies, particularly in light of the Munich 2022 Winter Olympic bid being rejected in a referendum last November.
"DOSB generally appreciates every reasonable interest in a candidature," he told insidethegames.
"After the regional poll against the Munich 2022 bid, however, we work on a precise analysis of the reasons.
"A new approach would have to make sure that there is a sound political and economical basis as well as sustainable public support."
Berlin last bid for the Olympics and Paralympics in 2000 but was eliminated in the second round as the event was ultimately awarded to Sydney.
If it were to submit a bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for 2024, it would have to do so by November 2015, with the host city being named in 2017.
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