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Boston selected for US 2024 Olympic bid

The International Olympic Committee will not decide a host country for the 2024 gamesReuters

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has tapped Boston to represent the U.S. in its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Boston beat out the likes of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. The USOC made the announcement Thursday night.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will ultimately decide which country will host the games. The IOC's deadline for 2024 bid submissions is Sept. 15, 2015. The host city won't be determined until 2017.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh released the following statement regarding the news:

"It is an exceptional honor for Boston to be chosen as the U.S.representative in the running for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This selection is in recognition of our city's talent, diversity and global leadership. Our goal is to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games that are innovative, walkable and hospitable to all. Boston hopes to welcome the world's greatest athletes to one of the world's great cities."

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