Schmoke, Barry name 10 to Olympics panel Morgan State president, silver medalist to push region for 2012 Games

August 25, 1998|By June Arney | June Arney,SUN STAFF

Olympic silver medalist Jair Lynch and Morgan State University President Earl Richardson are among 10 community and business leaders named to the Washington-Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition by those cities' mayors.

Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke named five people to that board, which is working to bring the 2012 Olympics to the region:

Richardson, John A. Moag Jr., chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority; Ioanna Morfessis, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Alliance; Ron Shapiro, a Baltimore attorney, and William L. Jews, president and chief executive officer of CareFirst, which was formed by the combination of the Maryland and District of Columbia Blue Cross Blue Shield plans.

The five named to the committee by Washington Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr. were:

Lynch, a silver medalist in gymnastics at the 1996 Olympics and now a Washington businessman; H. Patrick Swygert, president of Howard University; Marianne C. Niles, vice president and general counsel for Washington Sports and Entertainment; Richard Monteilh, director of the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development, and Kerry Pearson, president and founder of the Pearson Group, a Washington real estate development consulting firm.

Each of those appointed will serve a two-year term.

The group eventually will be joined by one member appointed by the governors of Maryland and Virginia to form a 25-member committee to oversee the region's bid for the summer Olympic Games in 2012.

Thirteen previously named committee members are executives of companies that have eached pledged $500,000 to underwrite the campaign.

In June, Baltimore and Washington joined forces to submit a regional bid for the Games. The formal bid is due in 2000.

Two years later, the USOC will select the United States candidate to compete against cities in other countries.

The International Olympic Committee is to make its final selection in 2005.

Pub Date: 8/25/98

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