Washington 2024 Bid Edges Closer with Creation of an Olympic Committee
August 27, 2013
Washington DC has formed an Olympic Organising Committee to front their bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
DC 2024 has accepted the invitation from the US Olympic Committee (USOC) to consider hosting the event, with 35 other cities also being asked to contribute their ideas for the Olympic Games, according to a report by the Associated Press.
DC 2024 President Bob Sweeney was in a confident mood and said: “We are the safest and most secure city in the world. The largest expense of any Olympic Games is security, and the fact that we’ve got it pretty built in to our everyday life here in Washington, we would leverage that asset tremendously to put on this high-profile event.”
“They need to make sure there is a strong horse to ride,” Sweeney added. “And we certainly intend to be that.”
DC is hoping to become the first American city to host the Sumer Games since Atlanta in 1996 and the first to host any Olympic event since the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.
The US capital pushed for the 2012 Games and was considered to be the favourite to represent the USA for a long time, but the USOC opted for New York.
The new group aims to raise $3-5m by the end of 2014 and estimate that the cost of hosting the event would be $3.5-6bn.