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USOC Cagey On Details Of Meeting Regarding Potential Bid Cities For '24 Games
Published June 11, 2014
KEEP IT ON THE DOWN LOW: In DC, Liz Clarke reports USOC officials have asked '24 candidate cities "to go about their lobbying campaigns discreetly and with little fanfare for two reasons." One is to "help rein in cost." Blackmun acknowledged yesterday that another was to "enable civic leaders to speak more freely in exploratory conversations with the USOC without 'political risk.'" Meanwhile, Clarke notes it is an "open question whether choosing Washington, a city synonymous with American politics, as its candidate city would prove a help or hindrance to the USOC in winning the votes of the IOC delegates" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/11). The AP's Eddie Pells noted unlike the "domestic process that led to Chicago's failed 2016 bid, this process has been deliberatively secretive." The "domestic stage of Chicago's bid cost the city" about $10M (AP, 6/10). In Boston, Mark Arsenault notes the USOC is "not even sure yet if it will choose any US city to complete" for the '24 Games (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/11).