March 14 - United States athletics icon Edwin Moses has warned that there must be serious thought and a serious bid if America is to secure the right to stage the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.
The prospect of a US bid for the Games has impoved significantly after the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) sent a letter to 35 American cities last month to gauge their interest in putting themselves forward to host the event.
It followed the USOC reaching an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last May over their high-profile revenue-sharing dispute.
The dispute had caused New York's bid for the 2012 Games and Chicago's bid for the 2016 Games to falter embarrassingly.
But even with the USOC's hopes of bid success now having increased, Moses (pictured top), the chairman of the prestigious Laureus World Sports Academy and a double Olympic 400 metres hurdles champion, warned they should still proceed carefully.
"The Olympic Games is obviously a very important event and each city has its own personality that they bring to each Games," Moses told insidethegames during the Laureus Awards in Rio de Janeiro earlier this week.
"If it is going to be in the United States again soon, it is going to need some serious thought and it is going to need a serious bid.
"So there are a lot of elements that need to be put into place for that to happen."
Los Angeles has become the first American city to formally register its interest with the USOC in bidding to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games with a letter from the city's Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The city has staged the Games twice before in 1932 and 1984 and it could become the second city to host the Olympiad for a third time if its wins a potential 2024 bid following London, who held them in 1908, 1948 and 2012.
Moses, who claimed the second of his two Olympic gold medals at Los Angeles in 1984, believes the city has the capacity to host the event but said huge investment would be required even with the majority of the infrastructure in place from the last time they hosted the Games.
"The model of hosting an Olympic Games has changed so much since LA in 1984," said Moses, the chairman of the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
"The LA model worked in 1984 but it may not work these days.
"Of course LA is the sports capital of the United States and a great sporting city.
"But a bid would really depend on the financial model that they put up to host the Games and that has obviously changed dramatically from 1984.
"So it is something that would need real though and real investment from them."
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