In July 2023, the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) launched the dialogue initiative 'YOUR IDEAS. YOUR GAMES' dialogue initiative to discuss why it would be beneficial to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Germany, why not, and under which conditions a German Olympic bid would be feasible.

The German Sports Confederation (DSB) has created various formats for dialogue with society. In addition to an ongoing digital dialogue with nine thematic discussions, public dialogue forums were organised. After visits to Leipzig, Hamburg, and Munich, the DOSB will host the dialogue forum in Berlin on Sunday, 12 November, starting at 10:30 am.

Berlin has considerable experience in organising sports events, and the Dialogue Forum will give its citizens the opportunity to express their views at an early stage of the process. The city has already demonstrated its ability to successfully host major sporting events, such as this year's Special Olympics World Games.

Torsten Burmester, Chairman of the DOSB, stated: "Before we decide together to bid together, we want to listen to the people of Berlin in a dialogue and take their concerns and ideas about a possibly Olympic and Paralympic Games in Germany seriously. We also want to highlight the benefits that sporting events can bring to Berlin and Germany. Moreover, we wish to emphasise that the conditions for a possible new bid have changed significantly since the previous unsuccessful attempts."

Berlin hosted the 1936 Summer Olympic Games. © Getty Images
Berlin hosted the 1936 Summer Olympic Games. © Getty Images

On Sunday 12 November 2023, starting at 10:30, all Berliners will have the opportunity to visit the Futurium at Alexanderufer 2. Visitors will be able to find out more about a range of topics at information stands, exchange ideas, and participate in moderated discussions where they can express their ideas, criticisms, and concerns about a potential German Olympic bid. The programme will also include a roundtable discussion with representatives with Berlin's political and sports leaders.

At 13:00, Mayor Kai Wegner will officially welcome the city's residents. "Berlin continues to demonstrate its ability to successfully host international sporting events. This year's Special Olympics World Games was a great success and created an appetite for more. We will carry this passion into the next year's UEFA EURO with inclusive and sustainable approaches that will benefit all Berliners. Berlin is ready to host the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in 2036 or 2040," the CDU politician stressed.