Vienna residents reject 2028 Summer Olympic bid

Vienna is dropping plans to bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics

after a vast majority of residents rejected the idea in a

referendum.

Vienna Mayor Michael Haeupl says first results show that 72

percent oppose the city’s ambition to host the games.

Haeupl says ”apparently most people are not convinced that the

city would benefit in the long term from investing in the

games.”

The deadline for postal voting is next Monday, though only

marginal changes are expected to the final outcome of the

referendum, in which more than 1.1 million residents were eligible

to vote.

Vienna was a candidate for the 1964 Summer Olympics, which were

awarded to Tokyo. Austria hosted the Winter Olympics that year, and

again in 1976, in Innsbruck.