The U.S. Olympic Committee has contacted Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. about replacing Boston's host bid for the 2024 Olympics.
All three cities have been contacted by committee leaders after Boston's bid fell through at the end of July. USOC chairman Larry Probst told The Associated Press that a decision would be made by the end of August on which of the three cities, all initial finalists for the bid, would replace Boston as the American contender for the 2024 summer games.
“We've got to reconnect with the three cities that were part of the group of finalists,” Probst told the AP. “We've got to determine what their level of interest is in pursuing a bid and take that feedback and gather our board together and discuss that feedback with our board and make a decision.”
The USOC cut ties with Boston after mayor Marty Walsh refused to put taxpayers at risk by signing a contract, with a lack of pubic support muddling the city's plans for potentially hosting the games. Boston was chosen ahead of L.A., Boston and Washington in January.
The deadline for entering a bid is Sept. 15. Per the AP, Los Angeles, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, is widely seen as the front-runner. Probst said many International Olympic Committee members have welcomed an American bid.
“Everybody thinks it's unfortunate. When we chose Boston, we thought that it was going to be a strong bid,” he said. “But at the end of the day we couldn't get the support of the local community. If you can't get the public to support a bid, you're not going to win. So we had to do what we thought was in the best interests of the USOC.”
The United States has not hosted a Summer Games since Atlanta in 1996. New York and Chicago failed in bidding for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
Other candidates for the 2024 games include Paris, Rome, Budapest and Hamburg, Germany. The IOC will select the winner in 2017.
- Jeremy Woo