U.S. Olympic Committee

2024: A tale of two cities and an uncertain Olympic future

Olympic leader Thomas Bach's grand plan was to streamline the Olympics, cut costs and encourage more cities to try to host the games.

Judged by the first round of bidding since the revamp, the plan, titled "Agenda 2020," has not been a success.

Only two bidders remain out of an initial list of five candidates to host the 2024 Olympics — Los Angeles and Paris. Aware of the dwindling numbers — made smaller this week with the withdrawal of Budapest, Hungary — Bach has floated the idea of giving one city the 2024 Games and the other the 2028 Games.

Leaders involved with both bids say they're focused only on 2024. Still, Bach is likely to keep his proposal...