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With 72 per cent saying 'no' in referendum, Vienna residents reject bid for 2028 Olympics

03/12/2013 09:40 EDT | Updated 05/12/2013 05:12 EDT
VIENNA - 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 per cent 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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