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USA confirms bid for 2024 Olympics
17 Dec 2014 10:10
The United States will bid for the 2024 Olympics, seeking to host the Summer Games for the first time since 1996.
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Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington are under consideration as sites and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) said it expects to make a final decision in January.
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"We're so lucky to have four great cities ... they all have compelling strengths," USOC Chief Executive Scott Blackmun said during a news conference.
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"We need to have a discussion of the pros and cons of each individual city."
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USOC chairman Larry Probst said the next step in the process would be to assemble the USOC board of directors again in January.
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"Hopefully in the early part of next year we will reach a final decision about the city that we will take to move forward as our candidate city," Probst added.
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"This is going to be a really, really difficult decision and that's why we want to take our time and make sure that we get to the best possible decision."
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Los Angeles is considered the front-runner among the four US finalists, having hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.
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Boston, San Francisco and Washington would be first-time hosts.
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Asked if there was one factor that could make the difference in deciding on the successful candidate city, Probst replied: "It's a combination of things.
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"It's leadership, it's the support in the local community both politically, from the business community and educational institutions ... obviously the venue plan is important."
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