Germany will bid for 2024 Olympics

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Germany will bid for the 2024 Olympics, choosing between Berlin and Hamburg.

The German Olympic Committee made the decision Tuesday, almost two months after Berlin and Hamburg submitted bid proposals.

Either Berlin or Hamburg will be chosen in March.

A German city could be a top rival to a U.S. bid for the 2024 Olympics. The U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to decide by January if it will bid, and if it does, which city (Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington, D.C.).

Germany last hosted the Olympics in Munich in 1972. Berlin hosted the 1936 Summer Games. Hamburg has never hosted an Olympics.

Munich bid for the 2018 Winter Games but finished second in a three-city vote for those Olympics on July 6, 2011. Pyeongchang, South Korea, won by a large margin.

Leipzig applied for the 2012 Olympics but was not chosen as one of the five finalist candidate cities.

Bidding for the 2024 Olympics begins in 2015. The host city will be chosen in 2017.

Other potential 2024 Olympic bids could come from Paris, Rome and a South African city, among others.

If Germany does not get the 2024 Olympics, it could bid for the 2028 Games.

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