Boston named U.S. bid city for 2024 Olympics
By Steve Keating
(Reuters) - Boston was selected on Thursday as the American candidate city that will bid to host the 2024 Olympics, taking the first strides in a grueling marathon to bring the Summer Games back to the United States.
Boston, which has never hosted an Olympics, was unveiled as the surprise pick over two-time host Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington following the United States Olympic Committee's(USOC) board meeting at the Denver International Airport.
"We're excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid," USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in a statement.
The decision followed more than one round of voting before the Boston bid eventually received the unanimous endorsement of the USOC's board of directors.
The United States has not hosted a Summer Games since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
As home to the world's most famous marathon, Bostonians are well-acquainted with tests of endurance and are about to enter a punishing race with all manner of hurdles and twists and turns in a bid to land the sporting world's biggest prize.
Boston will be up against Rome and Germany, which has announced that it will bid through Berlin or Hamburg. A string of potential hosts, including Istanbul, Paris, Doha and a city from Africa, are also considering bids.
Cities have until September to officially put in a bid with a decision on the 2024 host to be made in mid-2017. Continued...