USOC Encourages Chicago To Bid For 2024 Summer Olympics, But City Hall Is Silent

CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) – The U.S. Olympic Committee says it intends to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but only if a strong candidate city emerges. Could Chicago be among the potential contenders?

In a word, no.

The Emanuel administration was unequivocal when asked if a 2024 Chicago bid could happen: “No, we’re not bidding.”

“I think (Mayor Emanuel) has spoken publicly on that, that they were not going to bid for an Olympic Games. That’s what we’ve heard to date,” says USOC Spokesman Patrick Sandusky, who worked on the failed Chicago 2016 Olympic bid.

The campaign ended in 2009 with a first-round elimination during the final selection process by the International Olympic Committee. The defeat stunned organizers and city leaders, just as it did the crowds of supporters who had gathered to watch the IOC…

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