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GOODWILL GAMES WILL NOT RETURN TO RUSSIA IN 2002
Published January 12, 1995
Goodwill Games President Jack Kelly announced that the Games will remain a 16-day single-city event, but said that they do not intend to return to Russia in 2002. Kelly said former and future Olympic city hopefuls like Beijing, China, Osaka, Japan and Cape Town, South Africa, have expressed a "great deal of interest" in hosting the games in 2002. The prospects for those cities as hosts were discussed at a meeting among Kelly, Turner Sports President Harvey Schiller and TBS Chair Ted Turner. Kelly: "There's a sentiment that for the Games and Turner Sports' growth, we might be better off going to a new region." No changes were made to the format of the Games, although Kelly left open the possibility that organizers might "tinker with the number of days or sports at a later date." New York will host the '98 Games. Kelly said the prospect of winter Goodwill Games, which is "gaining momentum under the Turner tent, was not discussed" (Joe Drape, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/12).