USOC chairman signals intent to bid for 2024 Games

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm •  Published: December 3, 2013
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The chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee says "it is our intention to bid" for the 2024 Olympics if a number of criteria are met — the strongest indication yet that the United States will put forth a bid city by the end of next year.

Among the requirements chairman Larry Probst listed as the USOC makes its decision: "Do we have the right message, the right technical plan, the right leader, right financial support, governmental support?"

"A lot of things have to fall into place," Probst said Tuesday after the USOC board's quarterly meeting. "But we continue to be focused on that opportunity."

A small group from the USOC has been visiting potential host cities, including Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington.

CEO Scott Blackmun said the list of cities will be slowly and quietly culled next year, with the process speeding up after the Sochi Olympics in February. The USOC must commit to a bid by the end of 2014.

"From my travels ... the last three or four months, I've heard a lot of encouragement from numerous IOC members about us putting forth a bid for 2024," Probst said. "We continue to focus in that direction."

The International Olympic Committee typically encourages a U.S. city to bid, knowing that interest from the world's most powerful Olympic presence can only serve to build interest in the games. When it comes to awarding the games, however, the IOC strikes a quite different tone. The U.S. hasn't hosted an Olympics since 2002 in Salt Lake City and hasn't hosted a summer games since 1996 in Atlanta.



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