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Paris to launch feasibility study into 2024 Olympic bid

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Paris will spend the next four months determining if it should bid for the 2024 Olympics, and a final decision will probably be made in June 2015, according to insidethegames.

“Fall 2014 will mark an important appointment as it will mark the publication of the result of the study in which 14 working groups have mobilized to determine whether it is appropriate or not to embark on a new adventure Olympic,” CNOSF president Denis Masseglia said, according to the report. “If the study is positive, the period from October to April is devoted to communication for public support to find funding sources and define the governance of a nominating committee.”

If it bids, Paris would hope to become the second city to host a Summer Olympics three times, following London. Paris also held the 1900 and 1924 Olympics, which means hosting in 2024 would mark the 100-year anniversary of its last Games.

Paris and Rome have generated the most buzz among potential 2024 bids early in the process. Applications to host are due to the International Olympic Committee by September 2015. The 2024 host city will be chosen in 2017.

Paris lost in bidding for the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

The U.S. could also bid for the 2024 Olympics and is expected to narrow its list of potential bid cities over the next month or two and decide if it will bid by the end of the year. Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington are thought to be in the running.

St. Petersburg still in the mix for 2024 Olympic bid

Genzebe Dibaba, 1500m world record holder, to miss world championships

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Genzebe Dibaba, the 1500m world record holder, will miss the world track and field championships that start next week due to a right foot injury, according to her agency.

The Ethiopian Dibaba lowered the 1500m world record to 3:50.07 in 2015, then won the world title a month later. Kenyan Faith Kipyegon relegated her to silver at the Rio Olympics. Dibaba was last in the 12-woman final at the 2017 Worlds, then withdrew from the 5000m at that meet, citing illness.

Dibaba’s absence further opens the door for Americans Shelby Houlihan (second-fastest in the world last year) and Jenny Simpson, the Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist.

Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan is fastest in the world this year and broke the mile world record on July 12. Hassan has range from 800m through 10,000m, and it’s not guaranteed she will contest the 1500m in Doha starting with the first round Oct. 2.

The event is already lacking Caster Semenya, the two-time Olympic 800m champion who took bronze in her world 1500m debut in 2017. Semenya is excluded from races from 400m through the mile under the IAAF’s new rule capping testosterone in those events.

MORE: U.S. roster for track and field worlds

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How to watch, stream U.S. International Classic on NBC Sports Gold

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The U.S. International Figure Skating Classic gets underway in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend and NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass” will be live streaming all of the action.

The event is the third stop of the ISU’s Challenger Series and often serves as a warm-up for Grand Prix events for skaters, which start in October.

The men’s field is headlined by world bronze medalist and 2018 Olympian Vincent Zhou, joined by the 2019 world junior bronze medalist in the ladies’ event, Ting Cui. Reigning U.S. pairs champions Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc will make their season debut in Salt Lake. And in ice dance, Four Continents gold medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates are slated to compete.

Check out the schedule below (all times Eastern):

Friday, Sept. 19

8:30 p.m.: Pairs’ short program (LINK)

10 p.m.: Men’s short program (LINK)

Saturday, Sept. 20

4:30 p.m.: Rhythm dance (LINK)

6:15 p.m.: Ladies’ short program (LINK)

8:35 p.m.: Pairs’ short program (LINK)

10:30 p.m.: Men’s free skate (LINK)

Sunday, Sept. 21

6:25 p.m.: Free dance (LINK)

8:15 p.m.: Ladies’ free skate (LINK)

MORE: Vincent Zhou to attend Brown University, details new skating situation

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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