2016 Olympics Not In US?

By: AP
By: AP

The head of the US Olympic Committee says no American city will bid for the 2016 Olympics unless there's a clear partnership between city, state and federal officials.

USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth says the agency does want to make a bid, but only if the public is aligned with government officials in wanting to play host to the Games.

He says the USOC learned a lot from New York's failed bid for the 2012 Olympics. The city's bid had the support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Hillary Clinton. But New York state leaders rejected a plan for a stadium in Manhattan. And when it came time for the International Olympic Committee to make a decision, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac showed up in Singapore for the vote. London won the 2012 Games.

Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco have expressed an interest in bidding for the 2016 Games, but Ueberroth is urging them to slow down. U-S-O-C leaders want to meet with city leaders and make sure they understand the process before going forward.


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