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Boston will be `strong` 2024 candidate: IOC chief

IOC president Thomas Bach said Friday that Boston will be a "strong" candidate for the 2024 Olympic Games because of the US city`s sporting fervour and the United States` sporting power.

Boston will be `strong` 2024 candidate: IOC chief

Lausanne: IOC president Thomas Bach said Friday that Boston will be a "strong" candidate for the 2024 Olympic Games because of the US city`s sporting fervour and the United States` sporting power.

"The Boston bid will be a strong one. Bostonians are well known for their enthusiasm for sport and the City has a great heritage in sport, science and education," Bach said after the US Olympic Committee chose the city on Thursday.

"The bid also has the great potential to build on the strength of the athletes from the US Olympic Team -- US athletes have a world-wide reputation and will be a huge asset for the bid," the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president added.

The United States has not held the summer Games since Atlanta in 1996. But the 2024 contest is shaping up to become one of the toughest.

Rome has announced that it will lead an Italian bid, Germany has said it will put forward a candidate and Paris is to announce this month whether it will seek the Games.

The Azerbaijan capital, Baku, and Doha -- both beaten by Tokyo in the bid to host the 2020 Games -- are potential candidates. South Africa could have a bid by Durban or a joint Johannesburg-Pretoria bid.

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