USOC Seeks Interested Cities for 2024
Letters sent to 35 city mayors
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The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has sent out 35 letters to city mayors to gauge interest in a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Following failed bids from New York City (2012) and Chicago (2016) to host the Summer Games—a process that cost around $10 million—the USOC says it’s focusing on making this “a thoughtful but more efficient process.”
In the letter, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun wrote:
Our objective in this process is to identify a partner city that can work with us to present a compelling bid to the IOC and that has the right alignment of political, business, and community leadership.
According to ESPN, the 25 largest cities in the country along with 10 others received letters. “This letter does not guarantee that the USOC will bid for the 2024 Games,” according to the committee, “but rather is an initial step in evaluating a potential bid.”
The United States has not hosted an Olympics since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, which, you may or may not know, was organized by noted “sport” enthusiast Willard Mitt Romney.