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Boston, Budapest among cities mulling future Olympic bids

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Now that the three finalists to host the 2022 Winter Olympics have been announced, it isn’t too early to start considering where the three subsequent Olympic Games will be held – at least that’s what pundits and officials from Boston to Budapest are saying.

Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy set off a round of debate when he called the idea of Boston hosting the 2024 Summer Games “preposterous,”a declaration that has since been rebuffed by many. The USOC will decide next year which city among Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. it will present to the IOC to be considered to host the 2024 Games.

Meanwhile, Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, is looking to get its name onto the short list of cities that would be considered as a host for the 2026 Winter Games. That honor would also make it the second American city to host the Winter Olympics; Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.

Americans aren’t the only ones planning ahead. Officials in Budapest told the Budapest Business Journal they think the Hungarian capital would be a great host of the 2028 Summer Games, and hope that hosting the 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival could serve as proof that the city could manage the 34th Olympiad.

The IOC announced Monday, July 7 that it will choose between Beijing, Oslo and Almaty, Kazakhstan to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. That decision is scheduled for July 31, 2015. The 2020 Summer Games will be held in Tokyo, the 2018 Winter Games will be hosted by Pyeongchang South Korea and the 2016 Summer Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, which is having a dry run for that event as it hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

IOC announces 3 finalists to host 2022 Winter Olympics

IOC announces 3 finalists to host 2022 Winter Olympics

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The IOC announced Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing, and Oslo as the three finalists for the 2022 Winter Games Monday.

The decision was made at the IOC’s executive board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. The move was widely expected, according to the AP, after three other cities – Krakow, Poland; Liviv, Ukraine, and Stockholm had previously withdrawn from contention.

Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games, and would become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics. It has proposed hosting Alpine events at a location 120 miles outside the Chinese capital. With the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Games to be held in Tokyo, it is reportedly unlikely the IOC would select an East Asian nation as a host city three times in a row.

Oslo hosted the 1952 Winter Games, but the Norwegian government has still not fully committed to hosting the Games, according to the AP. If awarded the 2022 Games, Oslo would become the fourth city to host two Winter Olympics, following in the footsteps of Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1932 and 1980; St. Moritz, Switzerland, in 1928 and 1948; and Innsbruck, Austria, in 1964 and again in 1976 (a late switch to Innusbruck was made for the 1976 Games after Denver was awarded, then withdrew from hosting those Games).

Almaty, also known as Alma-Ata, was the capital of Soviet Kazakhstan as well as independent Kazakhstan from 1991 to 1997. It would be the first Central Asian nation to host an Olympics.

The IOC’s evaluation commission will visit each city next year, with the final decision scheduled to be announced on July 31, 2015.

Justin Gatlin runs fastest 100m of 2014 in Beijing

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Justin Gatlin clocked 9.87 seconds in a 100m in Beijing on Wednesday, improving on his world lead set three days ago.

Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion and reigning world silver medalist, beat a field at the 2008 Olympic Stadium that included 2013 World Championships finalist Mike Rodgers and 2003 world champion Kim Collins. Rodgers and Collins were second and third in 10.03 and 10.11 into zero wind, respectively.

Gatlin’s victory came three days after he won a Diamond League 100m in Shanghai in 9.92 seconds.

Usain Bolt, whom Gatlin beat once last season, hasn’t raced yet this season and had a minor foot injury in March. He is next scheduled to compete in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on June 17.

The next Diamond League meet is the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on May 31.

In other Beijing sprints, seven-time Jamaican Olympic medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown won the women’s 100m in 11.14 seconds, .14 off the world lead for 2014. Campbell-Brown is back after missing most of last season after testing positive for a banned diuretic, though she was cleared of doping due to flaws in test collection procedures and possible contamination of her urine sample.

World champion Brianna Rollins equaled the best 100m hurdles time of 2014 with a win in 12.58 seconds. Rollins and Kristi Castlin also ran 12.58 at the Drake Relays on April 26. Rollins, 22, bettered 12.50 four times last year.

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