By Brandon Mercer

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After the U.S. Olympic Committee announced San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C. were on the short list of locations for the official national bid being submitted to the International Olympic Committee to host the 2024 summer games, Mayor Ed Lee outlined some of the next steps to make the Bay Area the host.

“The San Francisco Bay Area has a long history of enthusiasm for the Games and for mounting credible and compelling bids to host them in our region,” said Lee in a statement online.

Lee points to the recent sports events like the 2010 and 2012 World Series, and the America’s Cup in 2013, and the upcoming Super Bowl 50 in 2016 as evidence that the Bay Area knows how to handle this.

“I believe no place on earth better represents the true values and spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic movements than the San Francisco Bay Area. We are entrepreneurs and innovators in business, art, social justice and sport. We celebrate the power of the individual and draw strength from our diversity,” said Lee.

He revealed that quiet discussions have been going on with the USOC for the past year amongst a small group of civic leaders with Olympic experience.

COMPLETE STATEMENT: Mayor Ed Lee Announces Olympic Plans


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