KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) With Boston no longer in contention, IOC President Thomas Bach urged U.S. Olympic leaders on Tuesday to pick ”the most appropriate city” as a substitute candidate for the 2024 Games. Two-time Olympic host Los Angeles could fit the bill perfectly, according to several IOC board members.The U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties with Boston on Monday, finally pulling the plug on a bid that had been hampered by dismal poll ratings, strong local opposition and months of political wrangling.The USOC now has until Sept. 15 to submit a candidate to the International Olympic Committee and formally enter a race that already includes Paris; Rome; Hamburg, Germany; and Budapest, Hungary. Toronto and Baku, Azerbaijan, are also likely contenders.The IOC has been consulting with potential bids, including Boston, as part of a new ”invitation phase”’ for interested cities. The IOC is eager to have a strong candidate from the U.S., which hasn’t hosted a Summer Games since Atlanta in 1996.”For the IOC this was always about an American bid put forward by the United States Olympic Committee,”’ Bach said in a statement. ”This invitation phase is also an opportunity to determine which city will eventually be chosen by an… Read full this story
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