By Emily Goddard

PittsburghJune 26 - Pittsburgh has declined an invitation to bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics after the Pennsylvanian city failed to secure enough local support.

It was one of 35 American cities invited to submit a bid for the Games by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

"We didn't feel that there was enough support from the community to successfully bid for this opportunity," admitted Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's spokeswoman, Marissa Doyle.

Her words were echoed by Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald, who added that the financial commitments required were too much to be justified.

"My sense is the community wasn't excited," he said.

"It would cost two to three billion - with a 'b' - dollars.

"It's a big risk."

As reported by insidethegames earlier this month, the USOC is currently examining potential Olympic bids from ten interested cities, including Philadelphia, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

The National Olympic Committee has until 2015 to decide which, if any, city to put forward to bid formally for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics.

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