U.S. will bid for 2024 Olympics, no city chosen yet
The U.S. Olympic Committee will bid for the 2024 Olympics, but the city hasn’t been chosen yet.
One of Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. will be the U.S. bid. The USOC had not committed to bidding until after those four finalists gave presentations to the USOC board of directors in San Francisco on Tuesday.
It hopes to choose its city after another board meeting that it hopes to hold in early January, with more discussion on the pros and cons of each city. Not all board members were on hand Tuesday.
“It’s a four-way tie,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said when asked if there’s a front-runner among the cities.
The USOC, which will go eight years between Olympic bids, could announce its bid city any time between now and February.
“I would say within 30-60 days we would probably select a city,” USOC chairman Larry Probst said last Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.
The International Olympic Committee’s invitation phase for bids begins Jan. 15, with a deadline to declare a bid of Sept. 15.
Of the four U.S. finalist cities, Los Angeles is the only one that hosted an Olympics -- in 1932 and 1984.
San Francisco recently attempted bids for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. New York and Chicago became the respective U.S. bids those years and lost in IOC voting to London and Rio de Janeiro.
All four cities’ mayors (mayor-elect for D.C.) were part of presentation teams Tuesday. The D.C. presentation team included Olympic champion swimmer Katie Ledecky, a high school senior from Bethesda, Md., former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Washington Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis.
The U.S. last hosted the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002 and the Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.
The current 22-year stretch is its longest gap between hosting Olympics since it went 28 years between 1932 and 1960.
Italy and Germany’s Olympic Committees said they will also bid for the 2024 Olympics. Rome will be Italy’s bid. Germany will choose between Berlin and Hamburg by the end of March.
A South African member of the IOC said his nation is also readying to bid for the 2024 Olympics. An African nation has never hosted an Olympics.
Paris may also bid to host the Olympics on the 100-year anniversary of the last time it hosted.
The IOC will choose candidate cities from the list of applicant cities in April/May 2016. IOC members will vote to choose the 2024 Olympic host city in 2017 at a session in Lima, Peru.