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Apple Dump Cake: De Blasio Rules Out N.Y. Bidding For '24 Summer Games
Published May 28, 2014
GETTING COLD FEET? YAHOO SPORTS' Jay Busbee noted residents of Krakow, Poland, "overwhelmingly rejected the idea of hosting the 2022 Games," leading city officials to withdraw the bid Monday. This follows three other potential hosts -- Stockholm; Munich; and Davos/St. Moritz, Switzerland -- that have decided not to bid for the event. Two more cities' bids, while "not technically dead, may as well be." Lviv, Ukraine, is "having real military issues and can't afford to waste time thinking about the Olympics," while Oslo's bid is "floundering politically." Busbee: "Why the sudden mass exodus from hosting? Because cities with an eye for financial reality have seen the results." It is "no surprise" that the only two cities seriously still in the running for '22 are Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing, China -- "two locales where the people don't get a choice in whether the Games come or not" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/27). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Matthew Futterman wrote what "once looked like a very competitive race" for the '22 Games is "looking more and more like a devil's choice" between Almaty and Beijing, neither of which "tops anyone's list of leading winter sports destinations." If the USOC had "decided to go ahead with a 2022 bid, it likely would have won in a walk" (WSJ.com, 5/27). SLATE.com's Joshua Keating wrote, "If we do end up watching slopestyle from the Central Asia steppes in 2022, it will likely be because it’s becoming clear that nobody in Europe wants to host the Winter Olympics anymore" (SLATE.com, 5/27).