On Saturday, in the newly opened Sports Campus Zuiderpark, Alderman Rabin Baldewsingh presented The Hague’s bidbook to become European Capital of Sport 2021.
The title ” European Capital of Sport ” has been awarded since 2001 to cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants who aim to give sports a bigger profile in their city. It is comparable to the title ‘European Capital of Culture’, for which The Hague unsuccessfully bidded for in 2018.
For the title of ” European Capital of Sport 2021 ” The Hague is in competition with Lisbon and Riga.
The gemeente has given several reasons for applying. They think that the candidacy will have a “flywheel effect” on the goal of getting all Hagenaars to participate in sport or exercise by 2030. Furthermore, the gemeente says that it is a great way to profile The Hague internationally and offers the opportunity to exchange knowledge with other major cities in Europe.