(AA) – The city of Boston has been chosen by the U.S. Olympic Committee as its candidate to stage the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the committee announced Thursday.
The city defeated domestic hopefuls Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. after its bid received the unanimous endorsement of the committee’s board of directors.
“We’re excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid,” said Larry Probst, head of the committee.
The International Olympic Committee’s deadline for bid submissions is September 2015, with the host city to be determined in 2017.
Boston joins Rome as the only cities that have officially announced their candidacy for the 2024 edition of the Games. Germany has also launched a bidding process, with Berlin and Hamburg vying for selection. Turkey, France, South Africa and Qatar have also been mentioned as potential contenders.
“This selection is in recognition of our city’s talent, diversity and global leadership. Our goal is to host Olympic and Paralympic Games that are innovative, walkable and hospitable to all,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.
Boston was the scene of a deadly attack in April 2013, when one of the city’s most-celebrated institutions, the Boston Marathon, was targeted by a bomb attack resulting in three deaths and more than 260 injured spectators.