Vice President John Coates speaks during a press
conference after the first coordination commission
meeting for the Tokyo 2020 Games, in Tokyo Friday,
June 27, 2014. The IOC wrapped up its first
coordination commission meeting on Friday, saying
any changes to the venue plan should not alter the
core principles of the city's winning bid. Japanese
Olympic organizers are reviewing their venue plans
because of concerns over costs and have suggested
some venues may have to be moved.
SPRINGS, Colo. — Leaders from the four U.S. cities in
the running to bid for the 2024 Summer Games will meet
with U.S. Olympic Committee leadership Friday in the first
gathering to include representatives from all the major
has asked teams from Los Angeles, Boston, Washington and
San Francisco to send up to four people each for what it
is billing as a low-key informative session about the
finances and other details about bidding for the Olympics.
Scott Blackmun told The Associated Press the list of
representatives was still being completed as of Wednesday.
Though the USOC wasn't gearing this toward city and state
leaders, Blackmun said all the cities were welcome to
bring whoever they wanted.
want to give them the opportunity to understand a little
more about the USOC and the programs we have in
place," Blackmun said.
be the city leaders' first major meeting with Blackmun and
chairman Larry Probst. Chief bid and protocol officer
Chris Sullivan, chief communications and public affairs
officer Patrick Sandusky and Olympic insider Doug Arnot
were in charge of vetting the cities and trimming the list
to four. Chief marketing officer Lisa Baird and chief
development officer Jon Denney will also attend.
is waiting until early next year before deciding whether
to bid for the 2024 Games, which will be awarded in 2017.
Other cities possibly in the running include Rome, Paris,
Doha and Istanbul.
the USOC's decision will be how the International Olympic
Committee alters its bidding process as part of a number
of changes, called Olympic Agenda 2020, it will make at
meetings in December.
said the uncertainty hasn't stopped the USOC from moving
forward with its domestic process.
structure of the bid and the bones of the bid may need to
change based on the IOC process," Blackmun said.
"Our sense for each of these cities isn't going to be
changed by that. The progress we're going to be making now
will be valuable almost irrespective of the IOC
leaders will tour the U.S. Olympic Training Center and see
the USOC's new downtown offices, where some of the nuts
and bolts of a bid will be explained.
presentation will cover the Joint Marketing Program
Agreement — a deal the USOC must sign with a bid city
that binds it to handing over a significant portion of its
sponsorship money to the newly formed organizing committee
if it wins the bid.