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  • Romney Keeps Olympics Ties in Beijing


    Mitt Romney as president of the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002. (ATR) 
    (ATR) Possible U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney is keeping his ties to the Olympics in the spotlight with a visit this week to Beijing. The former president of the Salt Lake City Olympics met Sunday with BOCOG President Liu Qi.

    Romney, who is in the last weeks of a term as governor of Massachusetts, has formed a committee that allows him to raise limited amounts of money to explore a presidential bid. The first votes by U.S. political parties to select their presidential nominees take place in just over 12 months.

    Romney, a Republican, was elected governor of Massachusetts eight months after the end of the 2002 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. He announced earlier this year that he would not seek a second term.

    Romney was briefed on preparations the Beijing Olympics in the meeting with Liu, himself a rising figure in national politics, secretary of the influential Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China.

    A release from BOCOG says that Liu "spoke highly of the successful Salt Lake Games and expressed willingness to draw experience from the host city and enhance exchange and cooperation with Salt Lake City."

    Romney is said to have offered his praise for preparation in Beijing.

    Romney has kept his ties to the Olympics through successive Games since Salt Lake City; he's been a guest in both Athens and Turin.

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