President Thomas Bach, left, and Prince Albert II of Monaco
arrive in the stands to attend the Champions League Group C
soccer match between Monaco and Zenit St. Petersburg at
Louis II stadium in Monaco, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.
Switzerland — International Olympic Committee President Thomas
Bach has welcomed the U.S. decision to bid for the 2024 Games and
says whichever city is chosen will be a "very strong"
The U.S. Olympic
Committee board voted Tuesday in favor of a bid, but must still
decide which city to put forward among four candidates — Boston,
Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington.
Bach says "a
bid from the United States would be very strong, regardless of
which of the cities is finally chosen."
"each of the four cities has its own very special
The United States
hasn't hosted the Summer Olympics since the Atlanta Games in 1996.
New York and Chicago ran failed bids for the 2012 and 2016 Games,
Bach says U.S.
athletes "have a worldwide reputation" and "will be
a huge asset for the bid."