January 8, 2015 / 11:40 PM / in 3 years

Boston will bid to host 2024 Olympic Games: USOC

(Reuters) - Boston has been selected as the American candidate city that will bid for the opportunity to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

A man walks past the Olympic rings before the opening of the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Monaco December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Boston, which has never hosted an Olympics, was selected over two-time host Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington during the United States’ internal bid competition.

“We’re excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid,” USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in a statement.

The United States, which has not hosted a Summer Games since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, will be up against Rome and Germany, which has announced that it will bid through Berlin or Hamburg.

A string of potential hosts, including Istanbul, Paris, Doha and a city from Africa, are also considering bids.

Cities have until September to officially put in a bid with a decision on the 2024 host to be made in mid-2017.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue

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