USA to bid for 2024 Olympics

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Published: Wednesday 17th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The United States Olympic Committee has confirmed its intention to bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC are in the running to become the bid’s host city and a decision on which city will spearhead the campaign will be made early next year.

“We are excited to announce our plans to put forth a bid for the 2024 Games and look forward to taking the next step of selecting from a group of four world-class cities to present a compelling and successful bid,” USOC chairman Larry Probst said.

“We’re grateful to the civic and political leaders in each of the four cities for the partnership that’s been demonstrated thus far, and confident that the deliberative process we’ve put in place is going to result in a strong U.S. bid that can truly serve the athletes and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.”

USOC chief executive officer Scott Blackmun added: “All four cities have presented plans that are part of the long-term visions for their communities.

“At our request, and because of the preliminary nature of our discussions, the cities have not spoken about their bids publicly in great detail. That will be an important part of the process after we make our selection in January.”

The United States last staged the summer Olympics in 1996 when Atlanta was chosen as host city, while Salt Lake City hosted the winter Olympics six years later.

Should the USOC’s 2024 bid be successful, it would be the fifth time the United States has hosted the summer Games.

The deadline for applications to the International Olympic Committee is September 15, with a decision due in 2017.

Published: Wednesday 17th December 2014 by The News Editor

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