Boston named U.S. bid city for 2024 Olympics

Fri Jan 9, 2015 10:10am EST
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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...

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh speaks at a news conference in Boston, January 9, 2015.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder