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Five cities 'interested' in hosting 2024 Games

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Five cities 'interested' in hosting 2024 Games
11:40 CEST+02:00
Five cities - Boston, Hamburg, Rome, Paris and Budapest - are "interested" in hosting the 2024 Olympic Games, the executive director of the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee says.

"We have five cities who are interested," Christophe Dubi announced on Tuesday at the Olympic movement's headquarters in the Vaud capital.

Cities have until September 15th to enter bids and the IOC will make a decision in mid-2017.

Paris is close to entering an intense Olympic battle.

The French capital that lost out to London for the 2012 Games has only to officialize its candidature after backing from the Paris City Hall in April.

French President François Hollande last month visited IOC headquarters to cheerlead the Paris bid during his two-day official visit to Switzerland.
   
The United States has entered Boston, Rome will lead an Italian bid. 

Germany will enter Hamburg if a city referendum gives support.

And Budapest have now expressed interest in discussing the conditions to become an official candidate.
   
Representatives from Budapest will meet the IOC on Thursday "in a discussion phase", said Dubi, stressing that this by no means suggests a definite bid by the Hungarian capital.
   
Paris will discuss their prospective bid with the IOC on June 3rd, followed by Rome in July, according to the Italian Olympic Committee.
   
"During these meetings in the 'invitation phase' we will discuss the projects of each of the cities and answer their questions," Dubi said.

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