Boston, Los Angeles: Four cities are in the running to lead a possible US bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, the US Olympic committee announced on Friday.
"Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington have each given us reason to believe they can deliver a compelling and successful bid, and we look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities as we consider 2024," USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said.
Dallas and San Diego had also expressed interest in a bid, although New York city officials had said last month that they would not pursue a bid.
The narrowing of candidates came after a 16-month process that began with the USOC reaching out to approximately 35 American cities to gauge interest in a bid.
USOC leaders then spent the last six months focusing on discussions with a smaller group of interested cities that met the initial requirements of hosting the world`s largest sporting event.
"Simplifying the domestic bid process has been a major priority for us," Blackmun said. "We were able to have exploratory conversations with a greater number of cities while avoiding unnecessary costs."
From here, the USOC will continue in-depth discussions with each of the four cities.
In early December, the International Olympic Committee Extraordinary Session will take place, during which time the Olympic Agenda 2020, which will shape the future of the Olympic Movement, will be finalized.
After that meeting, probably in early 2015, the USOC will make a decision on whether or not to bid, and will select a city if a bid is pursued.
The USOC expects the IOC deadline for 2024 bid submissions to be in 2015, and the selection of a host city will be made in 2017.
The United States hasn`t hosted the Summer Games since 1996 in Atlanta.
St. Louis hosted in 1904 and Los Angeles held the Games in both 1932 and 1984.