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IOC president confident U.S. will still bid for 2024 Olympics

Thomas Bach



International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach expressed confidence Tuesday that the U.S. Olympic Committee will still bid for the 2024 Olympics after dropping Boston as its bid city Monday.

“For the IOC this was always about an American bid put forward by the United States Olympic Committee,” Bach, in Kuala Lumpur for an IOC session this week, said in a statement. “This invitation phase is also an opportunity to determine which city will eventually be chosen by a National Olympic Committee. We are confident that USOC will choose the most appropriate city for a strong U.S. bid.”

The USOC has until Sept. 15 to submit a bid for the 2024 Olympics to the IOC.

“The USOC would very much like to see an American city host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement Monday, following the end of Boston’s bid. “We will immediately begin to explore whether we can do so on a basis consistent with our guiding principles, to which we remain firmly committed.”

The other three finalists with Boston to be the U.S. bid city were Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

“I would be happy to engage in discussions with the USOC about how to present the strongest and most fiscally responsible bid on behalf of our city and nation,” Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement Monday.

D.C. 2024 Olympic bid CEO Russ Ramsey did not mention rekindling that bid in a statement Monday. A statement from mayor Muriel Bowser‘s chief of staff said concerning 2024, “it is too early to say.”

“We also remain committed to supporting America’s athletes, and as part of that mission, working with the USOC to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to the United States,” Ramsey said.

A spokesperson for the San Francisco mayor’s office said Tuesday it has not been contacted by the USOC.

“Mayor [Ed] Lee is focused on his housing and affordability agenda for San Francisco,” the spokesperson said in an email when asked if Lee would be open to discussions with the USOC concerning reviving the San Francisco Olympic bid.

Confirmed bidders for the 2024 Olympics are Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and Rome. IOC members will vote to choose the 2024 Olympic host city in 2017.

Boston ends bid for 2024 Olympics

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