USOC and Los Angeles explore 2024 Olympic bid

Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:42pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

(Reuters) - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will explore a possible Los Angeles bid for the 2024 Summer Games after Boston pulled out of the race, USOC chairman Larry Probst said on


Following the rescinding of Boston's candidature due to a lack of public support, the USOC has been forced to move quickly to find another potential host with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) having set a Sept. 15 deadline for interested cities to submit a letter of intent.

"We continue to believe a U.S. bid for the 2024 Games can be successful and at the end of the meeting our board focused our discussion on a potential bid by Los Angeles," Probst said on a conference call following the USOC board meeting at the Denver airport.

"The board authorized (USOC CEO) Scott Blackmun to work with Los Angeles to further explore the viability of a bid for the 2024 Olympic Games."

If a deal can be struck, Los Angeles, which has hosted the Summer Games twice before in 1932 and 1984, would join a race that already includes Paris, Rome, Budapest and Hamburg, Germany.

The United States has not hosted the Summer Olympics since 1996.

"Our discussion with LA to date have been very, very positive but there are complicated issues in the discussion," said Blackmun. "We would love to have this wrapped up by the end of August and that is still our goal."   Continued...

U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst speaks at a news conference in Boston, Massachusetts January 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder