Vienna residents reject 2028 Summer Olympic bid

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Associated Press

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 11:08 AM

VIENNA (AP) — 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.

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