UPDATED: June 10, 2014 3:57 p.m.
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A group of Washington business leaders has been covertly lobbying the U.S. Olympic Committee to name the nation’s capital as the country’s nominee to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, according to Liz Clarke of the Washington Post.
As Clarke reports, the effort, called ‘DC2024,’ is comprised of Virginia-based financier Russ Ramsey, Washington Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, and another former AOL executive. The District is in competition with Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco to win the bid.
After the USOC’s quarterly meeting Tuesday, chairman Larry Probst said the board was contacting cities that had expressed interest in a possible bid but declined to say which cities were still in the running.
The formation of the nonprofit group, initially also reportedly involving Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, was announced last August, along with its efforts to make D.C. the first American city to host the Summer Games since Atlanta in 1996, and the first to host an Olympics since the Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City in 2002.
At the time, Snyder said, “We look forward to assisting the Washington Olympic Committee in presenting the nation’s capital and fabulous surrounding region to the Olympic sporting world. We are fortunate to have most of the venues needed in an internationally recognized city that is accustomed to staging high-profile events.”
The mayors of New York City and Philadelphia withdrew their cities’ bids in May.
Chicago was the most recent U.S. city to bid for the Olympics, finishing last in voting for the 2016 Games.
Probst said before the USOC commits to a bid, members want to see what changes the International Olympic Committee makes to the selection process at meetings later this year.
The USOC reportedly hopes to select a city to nominate in the next six or seven months.
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