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L.A. gears up for Olympic bid

Sept. 8, 2005 at 5:13 PM

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Los Angeles has kicked off its effort to be host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

"We think the timing is right," said Barry Sanders, chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.

Because the 2008 Games are to be in Beijing and 2012 in London, Sanders believes a U.S. city would have a good shot in 2016, the Los Angeles Times reported. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who will not be running the city 11 years from now, endorsed the effort.

"I can at least get things started," Villaraigosa said. "And, even if I'm not here as mayor, I will be here as an Angeleno enjoying these Games."

While no other city has made an official announcement, several others -- including San Francisco, Chicago, Denver and Washington -- are expected to compete. The U.S. Olympic Committee will select one to be its candidate.

The 1984 Summer Games were held in Los Angeles.

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