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Italian Premier hints at bid for 2024 Olympic games

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Italian Premier Enrico Letta has hinted that the country could bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

CERNOBBIO, Italy (AP) -- Italian Premier Enrico Letta believes Italy can form a bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Speaking on the sideline of an event in northern Italy, Letta says "we can seriously bid to host the 2024 Olympics. I consider it something doable, something we should do."

The announcement comes a day after the IOC awarded the 2020 Summer Games to Tokyo, making Italian officials think that 2024 will be the right time to bring the games back to Europe.

Rome was the first city to declare its bid for 2020, but last year premier Mario Monti refused to provide government financial backing.

Letta adds that "when there are deadlines we work better. ... It's something we'll work on."

While Letta did not specify a city, it would likely be Rome again.

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