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Hamburg (dpa) - German bidders Hamburg stand a good chance to land the 2024 Games despite strong opposition, according to the nation‘s former International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Walther Troeger.

"Hamburg are not outsiders," Troeger told the Bild am Sonntag Sunday paper. "It would be a credible decision. I see Hamburg on the same level as Rome and Paris."

Apart from the French and Italian capitals, Hamburg is also competing against Los Angeles and Budapest. The IOC elects the host city in 2017.

Troeger, 86, was an IOC member from 1989 and until 2010 and is now an honorary member.

"For me, the interests of the athletes was always at the centre along with the fans and the readiness of the city," he said.

Troeger named short distances for athletes "an important factor," with 90 per cent of the venues within 10 kilometres of the athletes village in Hamburg‘s bid.

Troeger said that Germany‘s bid for the Euro 2024 football tournament would not harm Hamburg‘s chances because Germany is capable of hosting both. IOC president Thomas Bach had recently made a similar statement.

Hamburg‘s fate however depends on a referendum in the city set for November 29. A recent survey said that 63 per cent of the locals are in favour of the bid. But a referendum two years ago stopped Munich‘s planned bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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