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US Olympic Committee puts full weight behind LA 2024 bid

David Wharton, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Olympics

LOS ANGELES -- With Los Angeles bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, U.S. officials appear to have adopted an all-or-nothing approach to bringing the Games back to this country.

According to U.S. Olympic Committee documents made public this week, if Paris or Budapest is chosen for 2024, L.A. would not accept the consolation prize of hosting in 2028.

That possibility was raised late last year by an International Olympic Committee leader who suggested that his voting members might take the unprecedented move of choosing two winners when they gather to vote on a host next September.

"The USOC board does not foresee pursuing any bid other than for the 2024 Games," said minutes released from a USOC board of directors meeting last December.

The decision also appears to rule out any bid for the 2026 Winter Games. Reno and Salt Lake City had expressed initial interest.

The IOC has been looking at ways to revamp its bidding process, given that so few cities around the world seem willing to take on the expense and potential deficits involved with hosting the mega-sporting event.

IOC President Thomas Bach recently mentioned the possibility of simultaneously choosing two winners -- for 2024 and 2028 -- as a way of having fewer "losers."

The issue was subsequently discussed at the recent USOC board meeting in Northern California, which was attended by LA 2024 bid leaders

"After a full and frank exchange of ideas, issues and possibilities, there was general agreement that the LA 2024 bid is specifically configured and calculated for 2024 rather than 2028 activation," the board meeting minutes stated. "Neither LA 2024 nor the USOC have focused at all on the possibility of any bid other than for the 2024 Games."

LA 2024 declined to comment.

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