U.S. Olympic Committee may choose 2024 bid city Thursday

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The U.S. Olympic Committee could choose its 2024 Olympic bid city at a board of directors meeting Thursday.

The USOC will choose one of Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington, D.C., to be its bid for the 2024 Olympics.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun called the competition among the cities a “four-way tie” on Dec. 16.

The International Olympic Committee’s invitation phase for bids begins Jan. 15, with a deadline to declare a bid of Sept. 15.

The IOC will choose candidate cities from the list of international applicant cities in April/May 2016. IOC members will vote to choose the 2024 Olympic host city in 2017 at a session in Lima, Peru.

Of the four U.S. finalist cities, Los Angeles is the only one that hosted an Olympics — in 1932 and 1984.

San Francisco recently attempted bids for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. New York and Chicago became the respective U.S. bids those years and lost in IOC voting to London and Rio de Janeiro.

The U.S. last hosted the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002 and the Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.

The current 22-year stretch is its longest gap between hosting Olympics since it went 28 years between 1932 and 1960.

Italy and Germany’s Olympic Committees said they will also bid for the 2024 Olympics. Rome will be Italy’s bid. Germany will choose between Berlin and Hamburg by the end of March.

A South African member of the IOC said his nation is also readying to bid for the 2024 Olympics. An African nation has never hosted an Olympics.

Paris may also bid to host the Olympics on the 100-year anniversary of the last time it hosted.

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