It remains to be seen if the Olympics will be hosted in the United States in 2024, or even if the US Olympic Committee will put forth a bid, but if so, we know it won’t be Detroit.
Detroit mayor Dave Bing received a letter of inquiry from the USOC last month but he released a statement today saying the city will not pursue a bid.
With our rich history of hosting major events and Detroit’s prime location on an international border, we recognize that this makes Detroit an appealing candidate to potentially host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics. Unfortunately, due to the timing and uncertainty of Detroit’s long-term financial stability, we must respectfully decline to participate.
That response should come as a surprise to no one and how real Detroit’s candidacy actually was can be debated. The US Olympic Committee sent letters of inquiry to virtually every city of a reasonable size (35 in total) to gauge their level of interest. Even they admit that some cities were virtually eliminated before the process even began for a variety of factors.
The USOC is still determining whether they will submit a bid to host the 2024 Olympics and the process of identifying potential host cities is just the first step in that process. The games are to be awarded in 2017.