Frequent question: WHO declares the Olympic Games open?

Will Atlanta host the Olympics again?

The Associated Press reports today that the U.S. Olympic Committee sent letters to thirty-five big city mayors—Atlanta’s Kasim Reed among them—asking if they might be interested in hosting the 2024 Summer Games.

How do they decide who hosts the Olympics?

It is the members of the IOC, meeting at their Session, who choose the host. Electing the host for the Olympic Games is one of the powers of the Session. The host city is elected by a majority of the votes cast by secret ballot. Each active member has one vote.

How do you get chosen for the Olympics?

Each sport has a different process for qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team. Athletes in team sports (such as basketball or soccer) tend to be chosen by the national coaching squad via their national reputation, national ranking or through results at previous competitions. Some team sports also have an Olympic tryout.

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