Did Nancy Faeser let the cat out of the bag? The suggestion of the Federal Minister of the Interior and Sports that Berlin, of all countries, should apply for the 2036 Olympic Games is far ahead of the official status of the procedure. Although the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) employs six people on the subject of Olympic bidding, Faeser's ministry has also set up a department for major sporting events. But which city could enter the race and when was previously considered open.

Michael Reinsch

Correspondent for sports in Berlin.

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Interest is being expressed from Munich, Hamburg and the Ruhr area, as well as from Berlin. Seven German bids failed, most recently the Rhine-Ruhr initiative for the 2032 Summer Games, and before that in referendums applications from Hamburg (2024 Summer Games) and Munich (2022 Winter Games). Berlin last applied for the 2000 Games, Leipzig for the 2012 Games.

Faeser now told "The Pioneer" that the 1936 Games had to be historically reviewed a hundred years later anyway: "They were terrible Games in 1936. The Nazis organized the games there and wanted to present themselves." She thinks it is conceivable to do this in the place "where exclusion, where this terrible disregard for humanity has taken place".

Faeser's predecessor Horst Seehofer (CSU) had rejected the idea of an Olympic bid for 2036 with Berlin. "We would get an unspeakable international discussion and would also damage the Olympic idea," he told the F.A.Z. 2019: "How would you see that in the world? The Germans are celebrating their centenary in relation to the Nazi Olympics? That can't be." The next Summer Games will take place in Paris (2024), Los Angeles (2028) and Brisbane (2032).