The executive director of the U.S. Olympic Committee said that Maryland remains a viable candidate to host the U.S. Olympic Festival.
"You've got a lot of good sports people in that state, in the collegiate environment and the Olympic movement," Harvey Schiller said Friday from Colorado Springs, Colo. "You've also got good organizers and marketers who can move forward. It would be tremendous to have the events in the Baltimore-Washington area."
Friday Mr. Schiller held his first conversation with state officials since the investigation into the Maryland State Games -- the body that created the bid to be festival host -- was disclosed.
Maryland is one of five finalists for three festivals to be held between 1993 and 1995.
The Maryland bid is now being handled by the state's Department of Economic and Employment Development.
"I just talked to the secretary [J. Randall Evans], and they're continuing to examine participation," Mr. Schiller said. "There is still a tremendous amount of interest in the Olympic program."