San Francisco considered
to host 2016 Olympics
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
May 4, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco has been selected
as a candidate city for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Summer
Games, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday.
The United States Olympic Committee, which decides which U.S.
city, if any, will bid for the Olympics, has identified five possible
candidate cities. Those cities include Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago
and Philadelphia as well as San Francisco, according to Jesse
Blout, director of the mayor's office of economic development.
The international competition to determine which city will host
the 2016 summer games will begin in 2007, and the final decision
will be made by the International Olympic Committee in 2009.
"We are honored to have been selected as a candidate for
the 2016 summer games. San Francisco embodies the Olympic ideals
of peace, friendship, universality and tolerance," Newsom
said in a statement released yesterday.
The mayor's office of economic development is currently looking
into some of the logistics of hosting an Olympic Games, including
which facilities could be used for the opening ceremonies, the
track and field events, and the Olympic Village, Blout said.
San Francisco could potentially utilize facilities in the Bay
Area that are not necessarily within San Francisco city limits,
The mayor's office is also looking into what sort of financial
impact hosting the games would have for the city.
"An endeavor such as this necessitates a regional partnership
between government, business and the broader community of Olympic
supporters. We look forward to working with the USOC in the coming
weeks and months to evaluate the potential San Francisco and the
Bay Area to host the 2016 Games," Newsom said.
San Francisco has never hosted an Olympic Games. The city competed
for the 2012 summer games but lost out in the domestic competition
to New York City. New York City, in turn, lost in the international
competition to London.
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