Washington DC to bid for 2024 Summer Olympics

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's capital is making a push for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Organizers announced Tuesday the formation of DC 2024, aimed at bringing the Summer Games to the United States for the first time since Atlanta hosted in 1996.

DC 2024 president Bob Sweeney calls Washington "the safest and most secure city in the world." He pointed out that the largest expense of any Olympics is security, and that D.C. has it "built in to our everyday life here in Washington."

The bid has a long way to go. Washington was one of 35 U.S. cities to receive a letter from the U.S. Olympic Committee to gauge interest, and Sweeney expects about 10 to step forward as serious candidates.

The 2024 Games will be awarded by international vote in 2017.