Hamburg or Berlin? Olympic officials consider German bid for 2024

 

German Olympic officials are meeting to decide whether to choose Berlin or Hamburg as their candidate for the 2024 Games.

The eight-member board of the national Olympic committee will announce its recommendation later Monday.

The decision is expected to be ratified Saturday at the committee’s general assembly.

Both cities presented their case over the weekend. The committee also consulted with German sports federations before talking to representatives from sport, politics, industry, church and culture on Monday.

Hamburg has more popular support than Berlin, but will need to build more facilities. Berlin already has most of the sports infrastructure in place.

Boston and Rome have already announced bids for the 2024 Games. Paris is also expected to join the field.

The deadline for submission of bids to the IOC is Sept. 15. The host city will be selected in 2017.