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New York linked to a return to the Olympic bidding circle

 

According to the Financial Times newspaper, New York could be making a possible return to the Olympic bidding circle, with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said to be “seriously assessing” the viability of a 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid.

 

New York put in a failed bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics and has previously been omitted from the contenders touted for a possible US Olympic Committee (USOC) effort to target the 2024 Games. The Financial Times, citing a source familiar with the situation, said talks are taking place between representatives of Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, adding that an advisory committee will most likely be formed soon.

 

Asked about the report, a governor’s administration official said the governor’s office has not received a proposal yet but is ‘open’ to reviewing one, if and when that happens. However, the report also quoted a mayor’s spokesman saying an Olympic bid “is not something the administration is considering at this time”.

 

Speaking last month, USOC Chief Executive, Scott Blackmun, said a shortlist of two or three cities will be drawn up by June for a 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid. Back in February, the USOC issued a letter to the mayors of 35 cities in an effort to gauge interest in such a bid; with San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington DC all believed to be interested in becoming USOC’s candidate cities.

 

The United States has not hosted a Summer Olympics Games since Atlanta in 1996, while Salt Lake City was the last American city to stage a Winter Olympics in 2002.