USOC says intends to bid for 2024 Summer Games

Tue Dec 3, 2013 7:29pm EST
 

The USOC has spent several years patching up strained relationships with the IOC that contributed to embarrassing rebukes to New York in its bid to stage the 2012 Olympics and Chicago's failed attempt for the 2016 Games.

Both Probst and Blackmun have spent years mending fences and believe the time is right to test the goodwill they have built.

"We need to continue being present and being engaged," said Blackmun. "Larry has spent a lot of time on the road, I have spent a lot of time on the road and we are enjoying being more involved than we have been if you look back over the last five or 10 years.

"We just need to continue to be at the meetings and participate."

The USOC emphasized that it will take a slow, methodical approach to identifying a candidate.

Blackmun said the USOC could trim the list of possible candidates following the February 7-23 Sochi Winter Games.

The next Summer Olympics will be held in Rio in 2016 while 2020 Games were awarded to Tokyo in September.

The U.S. would be considered a strong contender for 2024 but is sure to face stiff competition from several cities including potential bids Rome, Paris, Doha, Dubai and Durban, South Africa.

The decision on the 2024 host will not be made until 2017.

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue)

 
U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst (R) looks on during a meeting with the Pan American Games organising committee in Guadalajara March 18, 2011. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta