Bejing 2022 Olympic Games The latest American contenders for the Olympics

Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are the cities still in the running for a potential US bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

A person briefed on the US Olympic Committee’s decision-making process told The Associated Press on Friday that all four cities are still under consideration. The person requested anonymity because the USOC has not made an official announcement. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. The other three cities would host for the first time.

But there is an arduous and costly process that any potential candidate city faces before the International Olympic Committee awards the Games in 2017. Read moreThe World Cup and the Olympic Games raise the richest 1% of Brazil

Over the next six months, the USOC will decide if it wants to try to host the Olympics. The final two American candidates suffered humiliating fourth-place finishes: New York for the 2012 Olympics and Chicago for the 2016 Games that went to Rio de Janeiro.

If the USOC goes ahead with the offer, the US city would find itself in a spirited battle. Paris, Rome, Doha and Istanbul are among those that could enter the race. The IOC has also long expressed its desire to bring the Olympic Games to Africa for the first time.

Some within the USOC feel the time is right to submit a bid now that the federation has made progress in strengthening some of its international relationships, which soured in 2009 when Chicago finished last in voting for the 2016 Games. .

The USOC is waiting to see what kind of changes the IOC might make to the bidding process when it meets later this year. New IOC President Thomas Bach is asking the committee to build a new roadmap for the Olympics, and how the IOC handles bids is expected to be on that agenda.

Clearly we want to see the results of that task force and what changes are adopted before we hit the ‘go’ button in 2024,” USOC President Larry Probst said earlier this week.