The United States Olympic Committee has made changes to satisfy the International Olympic Committee, bolstering a chance to host the 2024 Summer Games.
Tucked into this story is chatter about the next US cities that are trying to host the games. Guys! It’s only 11 years away!!!
Can’t believe I missed this article from last Friday! I liked the many ways the people interviewed avoided saying, “It’s all a popularity contest”:
“It takes time to know who the players are, and have a coffee or a drink and chew the fat and build a personal relationship,” said Richard Pound, a former vice president for the I.O.C.
“It’s a relationship business, and it takes a long time,” Blackmun said. “I don’t think we as the United States had made relationships a priority in this movement.”
“I didn’t understand why we had to be at war all the time,” Blackmun said. “To me, you can disagree without disrespecting. And what seemed to me has been happening was communications was based on disrespect rather than respect.”
And if you need a refresher on the US cities bidding for 2024:
Cities that have asked to be considered include Los Angeles; Dallas; Seattle; San Diego; Charlotte, N.C.; and Tulsa, Okla.
Chicago has said it will not pursue a bid, and New York’s prospects probably depend on the outcome of November’s mayoral election.
The goal for U.S.O.C. officials this year is to eliminate the cities that do not have the infrastructure or budget to handle hosting an Olympics. They hope to narrow the list to two or three cities next year. Olympic cities are selected by the I.O.C. seven years before they host the Games.