USOC Continues Selection Process for 2016 Bid City

DENVER, Colo., July 24. OVER the weekend, the U.S. Olympic Committee made a decision on which cities will remain in the running for the United States’ bid on the 2016 Olympic Games, according to reports by the Associated Press.

"We did make a decision about how we're going to move forward," USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel said.

He refused, however, to disclose whether cities will be pared from the list or whether all five – Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Houston – will remain in consideration. The USOC will announce its next step soon.

Seibel said the USOC wants to contact the cities before making public the board's decision.

This is the latest in several steps the USOC must take in deciding whether to put a host city up as a candidate to bid for the 2016 Games. The decision will be made by the end of the year.

The International Olympic Committee will pick the city in 2009.

Many people believe 2016 is the best chance for the United States to land a Summer Olympics in the near future. It is believed the IOC would like to put Games in Africa and South America, two continents that have never hosted Games, in 2020 and 2024.

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