By Max Meyer
New York and Philadelphia have officially decided not to submit bids to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The Wall Street Journal reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio considered the possibility of bidding for the Olympic Games, but ultimately decided that it “doesn’t make sense.” New York has never hosted the Olympics before, and its bid for 2012 Summer Games fell short to London.
Philadelphia publicly released a letter from Mayor Michael A. Nutter to the United States Olympic Committee, which informed them that the city would not bid for 2024 either.
“After this research phase, including visits and conversations with past Olympic host cities, our team has determined that Philadelphia will not present a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games,” said Mayor Nutter.
The last time that the United States hosted the Olympics was the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Atlanta was the last U.S. host city for the Summer Olympics back in 1996.
Despite New York and Philadelphia dropping out of the running, there are quite a few cities still exploring the opportunity to convince the United States Olympic Committee that they should be the American nominee for 2024.
Los Angeles has already submitted a bid to the USOC, a proposal that includes a remodeling of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and creating an athletes’ village downtown. San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas and Boston are also among the cities researching the feasibility of hosting the 2024 Summer Games.
U.S. cities could face tough international competition from Paris, as the 2024 Summer Games would be commemorated as the 100th anniversary of the last time Paris hosted the Olympics.