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  • Meeting in Lausanne on U.S. Olympics Bid


    12/08/05

    USOC chair Peter Ueberroth is taking a cautious approach to the next Olympic bid from the U.S. (ATR) 
    (ATR) U.S. Olympic Committee chair Peter Ueberroth says he traveled to Lausanne two weeks to brief IOC President Jacques Rogge on the possibility of a U.S. bid for the 2016 Summer Games.

    Ueberroth says he told the IOC president that the U.S. would be "humble" if it decides to go forward with a bid.

    The USOC chief says that he has heard from four cities interested in bidding for 2016, but declined to name them during a briefing for reporters in Chicago Thursday.

    That list of four could include Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia, four cities with known interests in a bid for the Games, along with Houston and Washington, D.C. among others.

    Ueberroth says he believes the number of cities "that makes sense" to be considered for a bid "could be counted on the fingers of one hand". That would be a marked departure from the race for the U.S. nomination for 2012, which included as many as nine candidates in the early stages.

    Ueberroth says he told Rogge that "there will be buy-in from all levels" with the next U.S. bid, a fatal flaw that struck New York's 2012 bid when state government leaders refused to back an Olympic Stadium just a month before the IOC vote in July.

    "If and when" Ueberroth decides to meet with the cities to discuss a possible 2016 bid, the meeting will include th
    The scene of Ueberroth's meeting with the IOC President in Lausanne two weeks ago. (ATR) 
    e mayor and "selected private sector leaders".

    In October, Ueberroth reported that a U.S. bid for 2016 would face difficulties on the international relations front, as well as in complying with IOC rules on marketing and financial guarantees. At that time he would not guarantee that the U.S. would make a bid for 2016.

    Members of the USOC board of directors, which met Thursday in Chicago, have expressed their concern that given the cost and exposure of an Olympic bid, the next one from the U.S. must face better odds than New York City's doomed campaign.

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