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US Olympic Committee narrows down field to four cities for potential 2024 bid


In relation to its potential bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) has identified Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. as candidate cities.


The decision comes after a 16-month process that saw the USOC approach around 35 cities to gauge their interest in being a candidate city for such a bid. The committee’s top brass spent the last six months in discussions with a narrowed down selection of interested cities that met the initial requirements for hosting the world’s largest sporting event. Having previously stated it would choose no more than three cities to continue the process, the USOC has chosen four, adding that Dallas and San Diego narrowly failed to make the cut.


USOC Chief Executive Scott Blackmun commented:

We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest US cities have shown in hosting the Games. Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington [D.C.] have each given us reason to believe they can deliver a compelling and successful bid, and we look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities as we consider 2024.


Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, while Boston, San Francisco and Washington D.C. would be first-time hosts. Following the humbling experiences of New York and Chicago’s failed bids for the 2012 and 2016 Games, the 2024 system has been handled mostly privately by USOC officials talking with politicians and business leaders.


Blackmun added:

Simplifying the domestic bid process has been a major priority for us. We were able to have exploratory conversations with a greater number of cities while avoiding unnecessary costs. We’re hopeful that through this new process, we can be successful in hosting the Games on US soil, and in turn, have our nation and the world be inspired once again by all of the positive aspects that are truly unique to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


The USOC will now continue in-depth discussions with each of the cities. In early December, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Extraordinary Session will take place, during which time the Olympic Agenda 2020, which will shape the future of the Olympic Movement, will be finalised. Following that meeting – likely in early 2015 – the USOC will make a decision on whether or not to bid, and will select a city if a bid is pursued.


The US has not hosted the summer Olympics since Atlanta in 1996, while Salt Lake City was the last American city to stage the Winter Games in 2002. A potential US bid for the 2024 Games would add to what is expected to be a strong field with Paris, Rome, Baku, Doha, Istanbul and a South African bid among those that could enter the race.


Source: Sport Business