USOC Bid To Be Shortlisted By June

The CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) says a decision on which U.S. city will bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games will be down to two or three potential hosts by June.

The Associated Press reports Scott Blackmun told AP Sports Editors Friday that the process – which has included informal talks with dozens of cities – will be down to no more than three by a USOC board meeting in June. A bid city must be selected by the end of 2014.

The USOC does not plan to announce how the list of cities has been whittled down.

There were failed bids from New York and Chicago in recent years and Blackmun said, “I don’t think the previous two domestic bid processes worked effectively. We made enemies…We don’t want to have losers in the process”.

He said the private process would be less expensive, pointing out that some cities had spent up to $10 million to win the right to bid, adding that the new process would host costs below $1 million for most cities.