By Sarah Higgins | Dec. 11, 2014, 10:30 a.m. (ET)
Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., are in the running for a potential U.S. bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Following the International Olympic Committee’s recent unanimous adoption of President Thomas Bach's 40-point "Olympic Agenda 2020" program, the biggest changes in the IOC in decades, the United States Olympic Committee is moving ever-closer to determining whether or not to bid for the opportunity to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

With Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., still in the running for the USOC’s potential 2024 bid, the USOC’s board of directors will hear final presentations from each of the four cities on Dec. 16.

“We’re currently considering four world-class U.S. cities for a potential U.S. bid. Each has demonstrated they’re capable of hosting a great Olympic and Paralympic Games and we’re grateful to the civic and political leadership of each city for participating in this important process,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “An entire generation of athletes in this country has not had the incredible opportunity to witness the Games in America, and I’m very hopeful that we’ll be able to submit a bid next year and attempt to bring the Games back to the U.S.”

The four remaining cities were selected after a 16-month process that began with the USOC reaching out to approximately 35 U.S. cities to gauge interest in a bid.

“Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games on U.S. soil would have a tremendous impact on each National Governing Body,” Rich Bender, Executive Director of USA Wrestling said.  “ It would inspire an entire generation and serve as a springboard for youth participation in Olympic and Paralympic sport in America.  This would positively impact elite athletes in each sport as they pursue the greatest pursuit in all of sport and that is representing their country in Olympic competition. Hosting the competition at home only intensifies that pursuit.”

The IOC’s invitation phase, a chance for potential bid cities to keep the lines of communication open with the IOC, could begin as early as Jan. 15, eight months before the Sept. 15 declaration of bids. 

Invitation meetings will occur either in Lausanne, Switzerland, or in the potential bid cities.

The IOC will award the bid for the 2024 Games in 2017.