LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The United States announced on Tuesday it would bid to host the 2024 Summer Games but their Olympic committee plans to wait until January before naming their candidate city.
Los Angeles, Washington, Boston and San Francisco made their final presentations to the United States Olympic Committee board of directors on Tuesday.
"We are going to take our time and pick the city we think has the best chance of winning the competition from other cities around the world," said USOC chairman Larry Probst. All four cities have said it would cost between $4 billion (S$5 billion) and $5 billion to host the Olympics, not including infrastructure improvements.
The United States has not hosted a Summer Olympics since the 1996 Atlanta Games. The 2002 Winter Olympics were the last on US soil. Unsuccessful in the bidding for the 2012 Games (New York) and the 2016 Games (Chicago), the USA can expect another tough competition for the 2024 Games.
The official decision to bid for the Olympics comes just 24 hours after Italy announced Rome would spearhead what is expected to be a multi-city bid. Germany has said that Berlin or Hamburg will be put forward for the 2024 or 2028 Summer Games. Paris is to decide in January whether to stage a bid and the Azerbaijan capital, Baku, and Doha - both beaten by Tokyo in the bid to host the 2020 Games - are potential candidates. South Africa could have a bid by Durban or a joint Johannesburg-Pretoria bid.
The International Olympic Committee will choose a final list of candidate cities in May 2016 and make a final decision in Lima in 2017.
The US did not make a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were awarded to Tokyo in 2013. Los Angeles sought to be the US candidate to host the 2016 Games, but was beaten by Chicago, whose bid was then rejected by the IOC in favour of Rio de Janeiro. Los Angeles is seeking to join London as the only cities to host the Summer Olympics three times. Los Angeles was the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.