Miami-Havana 2024 Olympic Bid Proposed
By David Hernandez
After decades of distrust and hostility between the United States and Cuba, relations have begun to thaw with President Barack Obama in office, and Fidel Castro handing over the reigns to his younger brother, Raúl Castro. Today, Mayor Manny Diaz of Miami and Mayor Juan Contino Aslán of Havana announced a partnership to work on a joint bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games between the two cities, and countries.
Among proposals, Miami would host the opening ceremony, and Havana would close out the competition. Sporting events would be split between the two cities as well. They are also going to propose an extended sailing event in the Caribbean between the cities. It is not yet known what support President Obama would give to such a proposal, but Cuban President Raúl Castro has signaled his support.
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has been informed by Mayor Diaz in a formal letter, but has yet to comment on the matter. Havana has bid for 2012, 2008 and the 1920 Olympic Games. Miami has never put forth a formal bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).