The opening of the 1984 Olympics, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The city also hosted the Games in 1932. (Eric Risberg/AP)

The race is on for the 2024 Olympics: A five-city contest pitting four European bids against a two-time host from the United States.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the official field of candidates Wednesday: Budapest, Hungary; Hamburg, Germany; Los Angeles, California; Paris, France; and Rome, Italy.

“We are welcoming five outstanding and highly qualified candidate cities,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

The lineup features three capital cities (Budapest, Paris and Rome), three previous Olympic hosts (Paris, Rome and Los Angeles) and one first-time bidder (Hamburg).

Los Angeles, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, and Paris, which staged the games in 1900 and 1924, shape up as early favorites.

A final vote determining the host city will be held in Lima, Peru, in September 2017.

The previous Olympic host-city race, for the 2022 Winter Games, was deeply troubled. Four cities pulled out of the race for financial or political reasons. Beijing, China, ultimately defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan (KA-zuk-stan) in an IOC vote July 31.

Los Angeles stepped in as the U.S. candidate for 2024 after Boston’s bid collapsed in July because of a lack of public and political support. The California city is bidding to bring the Summer Games back to the United States for the first time since Atlanta held the 1996 Olympics. New York and Chicago failed in their bids for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, respectively.

Los Angeles, which faced no opposition for the '32 and '84 Olympics, has lost in seven other contested bid elections.

Paris is hoping to host the Olympics exactly 100 years after it last held the games. The French capital was the favorite for the 2012 Games but lost out to London.

Rome is seeking to take the games back to the Italian capital for the first time since 1960. Rome dropped out of the bidding for the 2020 Olympics, when the government refused to give financial support.

Budapest, which has failed in several previous bids, would bring the Olympics to Hungary for the first time.

“What is important for the IOC is that we want to send the athletes only to cities where they are welcome,” Bach said.

— Associated Press