June 27, 2014
By Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek
Despite the successful start to the World Cup, Rio de Janeiro is significantly behind schedule in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics. IOC executives are claiming Rio’s preparations are “the worst ever,” as the local organizing committee is dealing with construction delays, strikes, and security concerns. Those same concerns were prevalent in the run up to this World Cup. The problem speaks to a bigger issue with the IOC and FIFA’s host city selection processes. In the future, it’s in everyone’s best interest to award major sporting events to the cities that require the least infrastructure development.
Keep that in mind as the USOC decides which city it’ll back in bidding for the 2024 Summer Games. The USOC has narrowed its list of possible host cities to four: Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Because it’ll have been more than 30 years since the U.S. last hosted a Summer Games, whichever city the USOC backs is the odds on favorite to win the Olympics bid. Hopefully there will be only minimal work necessary to prepare that city for the Games.