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Washington chosen to host major 2015 Olympic gathering

The Canadian Press

6/14/2013 5:31:03 PM

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The United States will host a major Olympic meeting in 2015, a boost to a potential U.S. bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

Washington was chosen Friday to host the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees, which represents more than 200 national bodies.

The announcement came at ANOC's current annual meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, following a pitch from U.S. Olympic Committee head Larry Probst.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said the dates for the 2015 meeting have not yet been set.

The U.S. last hosted the ANOC assembly in 1994 in Atlanta, ahead of the 1996 Olympics in the same city. The U.S. hasn't hosted the Summer Games since then.

New York failed in a bid for the 2012 Olympics, and Chicago was unsuccessful for 2016.

The USOC, which has worked hard to improve its international standing, is currently considering a bid for 2024.

USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said this week the committee was in discussions with about 10 potential cities, hoping to narrow the list to two or three by December. The USOC has until late 2014 to decide whether to bid.

The IOC will choose the 2024 host city in 2017.