USOC picks Boston to bid for 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Posted at 6:42 PM, Jan 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-08 19:03:18-05

Representatives of the United States Olympic Committee gathered in Denver and selected Boston as the American city that will bid to host the Games in 2024.

The committee said their decision followed a 22-month evaluation process that narrowed the field from an original list of 35 U.S. cities. Other finalists were Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Ultimately, the USOC says Boston's bid was selected unanimously by the Board of Directors.

Boston's candidacy will now be submitted to the International Olympic Committee, to be weighed against bids from other nations.

"Under the new structure, the IOC will meet with representatives from each applicant city from Oct. 7-9, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland, to establish rules and procedures for the international bidding campaign. Cities will then have until Jan. 8, 2016, to submit final bids to the IOC," the USOC explained in their announcement.

Atlanta was the last domestic city to host the Games, in 1996.