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Future’s Committee To Study Salt Lake Winter Bid

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The Utah Sports Commission has organized a future’s committee to explore future sporting events in Utah and to study the idea of another Olympic bid 20 to 25 years from now.

Jeff Robbins, president of the Commission said, “right now we are considering putting in a future bid for the 2018 or 2022 Olympics under the premise that if you stay involved in the Olympics, it is easier than if you stop for a time period and then decide later to get back involved.

He added, “over the next 20 to 25 years a lot of things will change. The political climate of the IOC will change, IOC members will change, so there are a lot of unknowns. At the same time the commitment of the citizens of the state of Utah, coupled with the success we had last year, makes us feel that we should explore the idea just to see if it makes sense”.

In March the Deseret News reported that sixty-six per cent of Utahns polled by Dan Jones and Associates for the Deseret News and KSL-TV said they favoured Salt Lake City hosting a Summer Games

And 69 per cent said they believed the city would be capable of hosting the Summer Games in 20 or 30 years.

At the time John MacAloon, an Olympic historian and professor at the University of Chicago said that “Salt Lake would be better advised to work on getting another Winter Games in that period”. He said no city has ever hosted both a Winter and a Summer Games.

Robbins said, “the fact that a North American city got the bid in 2010, if you look at historical perspectives, would mean that our chances of getting a bid sometime in the 2018 to 2026 time frame would certainly be better than if Vancouver or another North American city had received a later bid and maybe got it in 2014 or 2018”.

The future’s commission is expected to reach a decision regarding a future bid within the next 12 to 18 months. Write or read comments about this article

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