LA in the running to replace Boston for 2024
28 July 2015
2024 Race: With Boston out of the race to host the 2024 Olympic Games speculation is mounting that the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will choose Los Angeles as its candidate.
Boston lost out after the mayor refused to back the bid for fear of wasting taxpayer’s money.
LA has powerful support from Anita de Frantz , a member of the IOC Executive Board and a USOC Board member who happens to live there.
She is on the record as saying “LA is perpetually ready. It can host with only two years notice”.
The USOC has until September 15 to put forward another US city to join the 2024 race to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The USA has not hosted the summer Games since Atlanta 1996 and television giant NBC is the IOC’s biggest purchaser to Olympic broadcast rights.
Olympic pundits say NBC would be keen to see a strong candidate from the USA in the hope of another home Games forming part of their current broadcast deal.
Speaking of investment, the IOC has now signed contracts worth $14 billion since the Sochi Games and up until 2032. 90% of that money goes back to the athletes.
The IOC Executive Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur also decided on two new events for the Youth Olympic Games, kite boarding and BMX freestyle.
On Friday the 128th IOC Session in KL will choose the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games between the cities of Beijing and Almaty in Kazakhstan.
Mike Tancred at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur