At its meeting Thursday in Denver, Colorado, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has announced that Boston will be the official American bid to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
“We’re excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid,” said USOC Chairman Larry Probst. “We’re grateful to the leaders in each of the four cities for their partnership and interest in hosting the most exciting sports competition on earth. The deliberative and collaborative process that we put in place for selecting a city has resulted in a strong U.S. bid that can truly serve the athletes and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.”
The city won over the other four American finalists – Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. – and will now advance to contend against international bidders, including those submitted by Rome, and those rumored to be under consideration like those from St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Paris, and South Africa.
USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus weighed in on the announcement as well. “Boston is well-known for its passionate support of its sports teams, and that will carry over to make it an extraordinary Olympic Games host,” Wielgus said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to grow the sport of swimming in Boston and the New England region, with additional participation opportunities, enhanced aquatic facilities and an avid support base of swim parents.”
Boston, according to the latest estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, was the smallest of the four American cities to bid.
Boston has never hosted an Olympic Games, and the United States has not hosted the Summer Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. The U.S. has hosted the Summer Olympic Games four times in total: once in St. Louis (1904), and twice in Los Angeles (1932 and 1984).
Washington D.C. Statement
One of the other competitors for this spot, the Washington, D.C. bid, released the following statement after the announcement of Boston’s win:
“It was an honor to work with dozens of leaders from across the Capitol Region to envision how the Olympic Games would advance the goals of this community and foster greater unity,” Ramsey said.
“I grew up in this city and have seen firsthand how sport can be a force for good and how incredibly impactful it can be on a young person’s life. I remain deeply hopeful that the Olympic Games will return to the U.S. in 2024, and remain committed to working with the leaders of this region to ensure opportunities for our youth to pursue Olympic dreams,” Ramsey added.
“I am proud of the effort we put forth,” Washington 2024 Vice Chair Ted Leonsis added. “Through this endeavor, we saw once again that Washington is home to proud sports fans of all ages and from all walks of life. I have no doubt that the shared enthusiasm and passion for sports will continue to drive economic growth and opportunities for our community.”
The timeline between now and the expected 2017 announcement of the host city is as follows, courtesy of the IOC:
- 15 January 2015: Invitation Phase opens
Applicant City Phase
- 15 September 2015: The NOCs send the name of their Applicant Cities to the IOC
- 7–9 October 2015: IOC to host information seminar for 2024 Applicant Cities in Lausanne
- 8 January 2016: Deadline for Applicant Cities to submit Application Files and guarantee letters
- March 2016: IOC Working Group Meeting to assess Applicant Cities (including video conference with each city)
- April/May 2016: IOC Executive Board to select Candidate Cities
- May 2016: Cities receive Candidate City Questionnaire and related documents
Candidate City Phase
- 5–21 August 2016: Candidate Cities to attend Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Olympic Games Observers’ Programme
- November/December 2016: Candidate Cities to attend Rio 2016 Debrief in Tokyo
- January 2017: Deadline for Candidate Cities to submit Candidature File and guarantee letters
- February/March 2017: Evaluation Commission visits
- June 2017: IOC to publish Evaluation Commission Report
- June 2017 (tbc): Candidate City Briefing to IOC members
- Summer 2017: Candidate City presentations to the IOC Session; final report to Session from Evaluation Commission Chair
- 15 September 2017: Election of the host city of the 2024 Olympic Games announced at the 130th IOC Session in Lima, Peru