USOC Tells San Diego, Tijuana To Drop Joint Bid For '24 Games
A proposed cross-border bid for a San Diego-Tijuana Olympics in '24 appears "dead before arrival" after the USOC said that "international rules don't allow two countries to mount a joint candidacy." The news was delivered as San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante prepared to name a "planning committee within the next week and unveil a logo." USOC Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer Patrick Sandusky said, "There's no opportunity for them to bid together" (AP, 4/30).
Meanwhile, Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose "apologized for comments he made recently" about Istanbul, which is mounting a rival bid to host the '20 Games. Inose in a recent N.Y. Times interview said that, among other things, the Turkish city "may be less equipped than Tokyo to host the Games" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/1).