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Hamburg will do 2024 bidding for Germany

German Olympic officials selected Hamburg over Berlin on Monday to bid for the 2024 Olympics, adding a third international contender to what is shaping up as a high-profile field.

The decision is expected to be ratified Saturday at the committee’s general assembly. It also has to pass a referendum expected to be held later this year in Hamburg, a port city in northern Germany.

“Both cities presented excellent concepts,’’ committee president Alfons Hoermann said in announcing the decision. “Hamburg has a fascinating and compact concept that fits excellently into the IOC reform process.’’

Hamburg had more popular support than Berlin, but will need to build more facilities than the capital.

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