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IOC president Thomas Bach: Time for strong U.S. Olympic bid

Thomas Bach

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach listens to reporter’s question during news conference at the office of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. IOC President Bach came here on Wednesday for his two-days trip as on the last leg of his four-city Asian tour. South Korea’s eastern city PyeongChang is the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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The International Olympic Committee president would like to see a U.S. bid to host the Olympics.

“I think it’s time for the United States to present a strong bid,” Thomas Bach said, according to The Associated Press. “And I’m happy to hear that the USOC is undertaking everything to prepare such a bid.”

The U.S. Olympic Committee is certainly serious about a potential bid for the 2024 Olympics. A USOC group scheduled visits to potential bid cities including Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco, as first reported by Around the Rings.

The USOC has until the end of 2014 to decide whether to bid for the 2024 Olympics, which will be awarded to a host city in 2017.

The U.S. hasn’t hosted an Olympics since the 2002 Winter Games and is in the middle of its longest stretch between hosting Olympics since a 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960.

USOC chairman Larry Probst said 2024 Olympic bidding will be talked about at USOC meetings in December, when a timetable for the selection of a city could be created.

Probst said in September that if the USOC decides to bid, it will come from “not a long list of cities, realistically.”

Other potential 2024 bids could come from Paris, Italy and South Africa.

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