U.S. will bid for 2024 Summer Games, city undecided

Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:56pm EST
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By Rory Carroll

REDWOOD CITY, California (Reuters) - The United States will bid for the 2024 Olympics, seeking to host the Summer Games for the first time since 1996, the country's Olympic committee said on Tuesday.

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington are under consideration as sites and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) said it expects to make a final decision in January.

"We're so lucky to have four great cities ... they all have compelling strengths," USOC Chief Executive Scott Blackmun said during a news conference. "We need to have a discussion of the pros and cons of each individual city."

USOC Chairman Larry Probst said the next step in the process would be to assemble the USOC board of directors again in January.

"Hopefully in the early part of next year we will reach a final decision about the city that we will take to move forward as our candidate city," Probst added.

"This is going to be a really, really difficult decision and that's why we want to take our time and make sure that we get to the best possible decision."

Los Angeles is considered the front-runner among the four U.S. finalists, having hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. Boston, San Francisco and Washington would be first-time hosts.

Asked if there was one factor that could make the difference in deciding on the successful candidate city, Probst replied: "It's a combination of things.   Continued...

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach smiles following a news conference as part of the IOC Executive Board meeting in Monaco December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard