USOC to whittle down 2024 Olympic bidding cities in June

Saturday, 26 April 2014
By Zjan Shirinian

United States Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun said no more than three cities will be considered as a 2024 bidder by June ©Getty ImagesApril 26 - The United States city that will bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be whittled down to no more than three candidates by June, the country's Olympic Committee chief executive has revealed.

Scott Blackmun told the Associated Press a United States Olympic Committee (USOC) board meeting will select two or three possible hosts.

The ultimate choice will be made by the end of the year.

Blackmun said the process to find the country's 2024 bidder has included informal talks with dozens of cities.

The USOC does not intend to announce how the final two or three cities were selected.

Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington DC are currently lobbying the USOC to be put forward as the American candidate for 2024.

The 1932 and 1984 Olympic host – Los Angeles - would again host athletics at a revamped Memorial Coliseum if it won the bid under plans released this week.

Bids from New York for the 2012 Games and Chicago for the 2016 Games failed to capture the imagination of the International Olympic Committee, with the United States looking to host its fifth Summer Olympic Games, and first since Atlanta 1996.

"I don't think the previous two domestic bid processes worked effectively," Blackmun told the Associated Press.

"We made enemies...We don't want to have losers in the process."

He said the private process for selecting a bidding city would be less expensive, costing below $1 million (£595,000/€722,000) for most cities versus a bill that had previously seen cities spend up to $10 million (£6 million/€7 million) to win the right to bid.

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