PHOENIX, Arizona, August 28. THE capital of the United States of America has officially become a potential city to host the 2024 Olympic Games, with the creation of a website and Twitter page.
Washington, D.C., is now the sixth American city to publicly throw its hat in the ring for the opportunity to host the biggest sporting event in the world. Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Diego have already expressed interest in the past few months. The United States Olympic Committee is being hush-hush about the number of cities that could vie for the right to be called an official candidate city, but these six are the ones that have made their campaigns public.
The website DC2024.org made its debut this week, and though no information is available there, the organization has released a YouTube video that is serving as its major promotional push.
The USOC is not expected to begin its process of whittling down choices for the official candidate city for about 18 months. That city that will compete with other international cities for the right to host the 2024 Games, a decision that the International Olympic Committee will make in 2017.
If Washington, D.C., is picked as the official city, it could have the backing of the Greatest Olympian of All Time, Michael Phelps, who was born and raised about 40 miles away in Baltimore. And 800 freestyle Olympic champion Katie Ledecky would also make the candidate city’s list of supporters. The possibility that the D.C.-area distance star would compete in 2024 is uncertain, though, as she will be 27 years old then.
In terms of facilities, no permanent swimming pool exists in the area that would seat the thousands that would come for the meet. The Washington, D.C. organizing committee might need to rely on all-new facilities if the goal is to hold most of the competitions nearby many of the city’s famous landmarks.