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Boston named U.S. bid city for 2024 Olympics


The Olympic rings are seen in front of the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics April 22, 2013. (REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk)

The Olympic rings are seen in front of the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics April 22, 2013. (REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk)

Boston has been selected as the American candidate city that will bid for the 2024 Summer Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

Boston, which has never hosted an Olympics, was unveiled as the surprise pick over two-time host Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington following the USOC's board meeting at the Denver International Airport.

"We're excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid," USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in a statement.

The decision followed more than one round of voting before the Boston bid eventually received the unanimous endorsement of the USOC's board of directors.

The United States has not hosted a Summer Games since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The announcement ends an exhaustive, 22-month evaluation process that began with the USOC reaching out to about 35 U.S. cities to gauge interest in a bid.

After stunning rebukes to New York to host the 2012 Olympics and Chicago's failed bid for the 2016 Games the USOC had taken a cautious and methodical approach to landing the sporting world's biggest prize.

The USOC has spent years patching up strained relationships with the International Olympic Committee over revenue sharing that hampered the last two U.S. bids for the Summer Games.

Los Angeles, seeking to join London as the only cities to host the Summer Olympics three times was widely considered the favourite followed by San Francisco.

With the IOC having recently overhauled the bidding process to make it more affordable with an emphasis on sustainability, a compact Boston bid that would take advantage of many existing facilities proved an attractive option.

The Olympic body is desperate to avoid cities withdrawing midway through the campaign, as happened during the 2022 Winter Games bidding process with four of six candidates dropping out over financial concerns or lack of public support.

The Russian city of Sochi spent a staggering $51 billion on staging last year's Winter Olympics with the future of many of the new, gleaming venues in doubt.

While the IOC strongly encouraged an American bid the United States is sure to encounter plenty of competition.

Boston will be up against Rome and Germany, which has announced that it will bid through Berlin or Hamburg. A string of potential hosts, including Istanbul, Paris, Doha and a city from Africa, are also considering bids.

Cities have until September to officially put in a bid with a decision on the 2024 host to be made in mid-2017.

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