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SBD/August 30, 2011/Olympics
Denver Officials Working With USOC To Organize A Bid For '22 Winter Games
Published August 30, 2011
NO BLUFFING: In Chicago, Philip Hersh reports the IOC "wasted no time depositing Las Vegas' do-it-yourself application to be host of the 2020 Olympic Games into the circular file." The "brief and polite" letter from the IOC referred to Rule 33 of the Olympic Charter, and bylaw 1 reads, "In order to be admissible, any application by any city to host Olympic Games must be approved by the NOC (national Olympic committee) of its country." Hersh notes USOC officials, who are "not approving any 2020 bids, had been in contact with the IOC as soon as they learned what Las Vegas was doing, so there would be no risk of damage to the vastly improved relations between the IOC and USOC" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/30). In Las Vegas, Benjamin Spillman cites sources as saying that Int'l Development Management President & CEO Chris Milam "wrote to the IOC seeking an extension of a deadline to have national committee support for a bid, and the IOC almost immediately denied the request" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 8/30).