Salt Lake City tabbed for possible Winter Olympics bid

LOS ANGELES, Salt Lake City has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee for a potential bid to host the 2030 Winter Games.

The USOC has expressed interest in bidding for a future Winter Olympics,

but has not determined when a formal bid will take place, the organization

said in a statement on Friday.

However, at a board meeting in San Francisco it was determined that Salt

Lake City which hosted the Winter Games in 2002 rather than rival

Denver, Colorado, was the best fit for a possible bid.

This selection affords the USOC and Salt Lake City the opportunity to move

forward with the International Olympic Committee's ongoing dialogue phase,

the USOC said in a statement.

With venues still in place from 2002, Salt Lake City's bid backers say they

can host the Games at a lower cost in line with the aims of the

International Olympic Committee.

Cities bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics have been reduced to two

Milan and Stockholm, after the Swiss city of Sion and an Austrian bid base

around Graz withdrew citing lack of political and public support.

The Canadian city of Calgary pulled the plug on its bid in November after

residents roundly rejected it in a referendum.

USOC chief executive Sarah Hirshland said in a media conference call on

Friday that Salt Lake City's more compact bid, its existing venues and solid

local support were key reasons it was selected over Denver, which proposed

widely scattered venues.

It is critical to ensure that we have the ability to create an incredible

experience for athletes while at the same time managing sustainability and

fiscal responsibility, Hirshland said. It was clear to us when we were

there and in what they presented that Salt Lake City very much understands

the practical realities of hosting a Games, but also wants and supports what

they represent.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)