WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — There’s a chance the world’s best athletes could perform in the nation’s capital in the future.

The United States Olympic Committee this week sent letters to the mayors of 35 American cities, including Washington D.C., offering them the opportunity to bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said last year that the District would be interested in hosting the games only if neighboring jurisdictions pitched in. Past talks about bringing the Olympic torch to D.C. involved both Maryland and Virginia serving as hosts of various events.

Many residents of the D.C. area said hosting the Olympics would be a great source of revenue for the region, but also worried about increased traffic and construction as a major inconvenience.

In the letter, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said the organization’s objective is to “identify a partner city that can work with us to present a compelling bid to the IOC and that has the right alignment of political, business and community leadership.” Blackmun added that there is no guarantee the USOC will bid for the games.

Los Angeles and Dallas already have expressed interest in hosting the 2024 games, which won’t be awarded until 2017.

New York finished fourth in the international bidding for the 2012 Olympics, played in London. Chicago made a first-round exit in the vote for the 2016 Games, which will be in Rio de Janeiro.

The Summer Games haven’t been in the U.S. since 1996, when Atlanta hosted them.

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her on Twitter.

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