IOC expects U.S. 2024 bid despite Boston pullout

Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:34am EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee remains confident the United States will deliver a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games despite Boston's withdrawal from the race on Monday.

"For the IOC this was always about an American bid put forward by the United States Olympic Committee," IOC President Thomas Bach told reporters on the opening day of an Executive Board meeting in the Malaysian capital on Tuesday.

"This invitation phase is also an opportunity to determine which city will eventually be chosen by a National Olympic Committee. We are confident that USOC (U.S. Olympic Committee) will choose the most appropriate city for a strong U.S. bid."

Just hours before the Kuala Lumpur meeting opened, USOC rescinded Boston's bid to host the 2024 Games after the mayor said his city's taxpayers could not afford to host the large-scale event.

The news is the latest setback for the Olympic bidding process and comes after four cities dropped out of the running for the 2022 Winter Games.

Chinese capital and 2008 Summer Games host Beijing will go head-to-head with the little-known Kazakh city of Almaty for the right to host the 2022 Olympics when the IOC elects the winner at its 128th Session in Malaysia later this week.

The IOC has since passed a string of reforms to make bidding more attractive to cities.

"USOC have made it clear that they would still very much like to see a U.S. city host the Olympic Games 2024," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said.   Continued...

A man walks past the Olympic rings before the opening of the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Monaco December 8, 2014.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard