Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The county Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution next week to back the efforts of a committee that's exploring whether San Diego should bid for the 2024 Olympics.
A successful bid would bring the summer and paralympic games to San Diego in 11 years.
The idea of San Diego bidding for the Olympics has been floated occasionally over the years, and was picked up more recently by disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, who championed a binational games hosted by San Diego and Tijuana.
The dual-host idea ran afoul of Olympic rules, so the exploratory committee -- chaired by local business leader Vince Mudd -- refocused on having the city of San Diego serve as the official host, with events spread throughout the region.
A letter that Supervisors Greg Cox and Dave Roberts sent to their board colleagues takes note of San Diego County's "beautiful climate nearly year-round," ethnic diversity, unique economy and successful hosting of previous major athletic events like Super Bowls and the U.S. Open.
"For all these reasons, we have a tremendous opportunity to showcase our regional assets to the world by supporting the city of San Diego's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games," the supervisors wrote.
"Adoption of a resolution directed to the San Diego 2024 Exploratory Committee will confirm our board's support in principle for their efforts working with the United States Olympic Committee to submit a bid to the International Olympic Committee for the 2024 Olympic Games."
Ten cities -- including San Diego -- are expected to compete for the U.S. bid for the 2024 games, according to Mudd. Selection of the U.S. entrant is expected late next year.
The last U.S. city to host the summer games was Atlanta in 1996. Rio de Janeiro is scheduled to host the Olympics in three years, and Tokyo will do the same in 2020.