USOC may choose 2024 Olympic bid city next week

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The U.S. Olympic Committee will decide next week if it will bid for the 2024 Olympics and, if it moves forward, could choose its candidate city next week, too, according to The Associated Press.

The four finalists for a potential 2024 U.S. Olympic bid are Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The USOC board of directors will meet Tuesday and decide whether to bid after presentations from all four cities, according to the AP.

“If we decide to move forward with a bid next week, I would say within 30-60 days we would probably select a city,” USOC chairman Larry Probst said, according to the AP, “but we could get to that next week as well.”

The U.S. has not hosted a Summer Olympics since 1996 and a Winter Games since 2002, its longest stretch between hosting Olympics since a 28-year gap from 1932 to 1960.

New York and Chicago made failed bids for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, respectively.

Of the four U.S. 2024 finalists, only Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics before — in 1932 and 1984.

Other 2024 bids could come from Paris, Rome, Berlin or Hamburg and South Africa.

The International Olympic Committee will vote to choose the 2024 host city in 2017.

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Eliud Kipchoge, two races shy of his target, to make Boston Marathon debut

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World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.

Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.

The Boston Marathon field also includes arguably the second- and third-best men in the world right now — Kipchoge’s Kenyan training partners Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto. Chebet won Boston and New York City this year. Kipruto won Boston last year and Chicago this year.

American Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, headlines the women’s field.

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2024 Tour de France to end with Nice time trial due to Paris Olympics

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The 2024 Tour de France will end on the French Riviera instead of the French capital because of the Paris Olympics.

The finish of cycling’s marquee race leaves Paris for the first time since 1905.

Tour organizers said on Thursday the last stage of its 111th race will take place in the Mediterranean resort of Nice on July 21. Five days later, Paris opens the Olympics.

Because of security and logistical reasons, the French capital won’t have its traditional Tour finish on the Champs-Elysees. Parting with tradition of a sprint on the Champs-Elysees, the last stage will be an individual time trial along Nice’s famed Promenade des Anglais.

The start of the 2024 race, which will begin for the first time in Italy, was brought forward by one week, a customary change during an Olympic year. The Tour will start on June 29 in Florence.

Nice has hosted the Tour 37 times, including its start twice, in 1981 and in 2020. Two years ago, the start was delayed until Aug. 29 due to lockdowns and travels bans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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