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USOC Declares Intention To Bid For '24 Olympics If Criteria Fall Into Place
Published December 4, 2013
CALIFORNIA LOVE: In San Diego, Mark Zeigler reports the San Diego County Board of Supervisors yesterday "passed a resolution 5-0 that supports 'in principle' the region's efforts to pursue" the '24 Olympics. However, board Chair Greg Cox said landing the Games is "probably a long shot." Zeigler notes the resolution "comes with no financial commitment." For the past six months, a San Diego Olympic exploratory committee headed by local businessman Vincent Mudd "has been quietly working with the USOC on a potential 2024 bid, along with seven or eight other U.S. cities." Mudd last month said, "We have to do this in an unbelievably quiet way. We are an exploratory committee. We can only explore the feasibility of it and apply our knowledge to it and see if it’s doable." Zeigler notes Mudd's group is "currently funding itself." Mudd said that the group would seek $2.8M for operating costs in '14, "but only if San Diego is short-listed by the USOC" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 12/4).
ALL THINGS RECONSIDERED: In Toronto, Steve Buffery reports former IOC member and former Toronto Olympic Council President Paul Henderson believes a possible Toronto bid for the '24 Olympics "should be switched" to '28. Henderson yesterday said, "The way IOC does it, the games go to Europe, the Americas and then somewhere else. And what most people don't realize is that the IOC considers North and South America the same continent. Now there are always funny things once in a while that change that, but normally that’s the thought process. If the IOC had gone to Istanbul or Madrid instead of Tokyo (for 2020), then I think Toronto would have a much better chance for 2024. Now I predict 2024 will go to Europe" (TORONTO SUN, 12/4).