Washington group confident about chances for 2024 Olympic Games

Aug. 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Washington-area group says it is considering a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and the man heading the drive says he feels good about their chances.

Because of the area's past failed bids, Bob Sweeney, president of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, says his group enters the contest as "a front runner," the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

His group isn't the same one that competed for the 2012 games that ultimately went to London. Sweeney has been successful in staging the Army-Navy football game at FedEx Field, the National Marathon and the NCAA Frozen Four ice hockey championship.

Sweeney said he has support from the mayor's office and the owners of the Washington Redskins, the Washington Wizards and the Capitals.

The International Olympic Committee will not select the 2024 host city until 2017, but Washington is considered a latecomer to the competition. As of April, some 10 U.S. cities have reportedly said they were interested in hosting. If the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to submit a bid, it will release a short list by December 2014 and select its nominee in 2015.

Atlanta hosted the last Summer Games in the United States in 1996. The last Winter Games in the United States were hosted by Salt Lake City in 2002.

Merely to put in a bid is expensive. The failed Washington-Baltimore bid for the 2012 Games 10 years ago cost $10 million.

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