(ATR) The U.S. Olympic Committee is ready to start meeting with cities interested in bidding for the Olympics.
USOC chair Larry Probst says a call will go out in the first quarter of 2013 to recruit cities interested in a new bid, summer or winter. Probst says interviews with the cities will follow before the USOC makes a decision whether to bid.
The decision to continue exploring came after a report from a working group formed in August to study the feasibility of a bid. The group, comprised of USOC board members and staff, including IOC members Anita Defrantz and Angela Ruggiero, met three times, including this week on the eve of the board meeting.
The board met in Redwood City, California at the headquarters of Electronic Arts, the electronic game company where Probst serves as chair.
So far three cities have declared an interest for a Winter Olympic bid: Reno/Tahoe, Denver and Salt Lake City. No cities have stepped forward so far to express interest in a Summer Games. The U.S. failed in bids for the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.
The USOC Board has ruled out a bid for the 2022 Olympics, so
USOC chair Larry Probst.(ATR/aPnasonic Lumix)
2024 Summer and 2026 Winter would be the next ones on the horizon for the U.S.
Probst acknowledged that the decision whether to bid will depend in part on which cities step forward.
CEO Scott Blackmun says the U.S. has two years to go before it needs to declare for 2024, should that be the course to take.
Probst Reelected Chair, New Board Members
Probst was ratified for a second term as board chair at the Redwood City meeting.
He came aboard in 2008 and was limited to one term at the time. A bylaw change now allows the post to be held without a limit.
The USOC board also chose two new members: Bill Marolt, CEO of the skiing and snowboarding association and table tennis athlete Whitney Ping.
Reaching eight year term limits are Athletes Advisory Committee representative Jair Lynch, who Ping replaces and Mike Plant, national governing body representative, the seat now held by Marrolt.
Written and reported by Ed Hula.
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