German officials pick Hamburg to bid for 2024 Olympics

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) German Olympic officials have selected Hamburg over Berlin to bid for the 2024 Olympics.

The eight-member board of Germany’s national Olympic committee announced its recommendation on Monday.

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

Both cities presented their case over the weekend.

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.