Document deadline extended for potential Olympic hosts

2012 Games

April 21, 1999|By June Arney | June Arney,SUN STAFF

The U.S. Olympic Committee has extended the deadline for the eight U.S. cities bidding on the 2012 Summer Games, giving them almost nine additional months to submit paperwork. The delay was prompted by recommendations stemming from the Salt Lake City bribery scandal.

Under the timetable announced yesterday, Washington-Baltimore and its seven competitors will have until Dec. 15, 2000, to prepare bids. The original deadline was March 31, 2000.

"We needed to add some time to the schedule for several reasons," said Dick Schultz, the committee's executive director. "We have to add several recommendations made by the Special Bid Oversight Commission to our bid city agreements, and we felt it is important to see what the IOC 2000 Commission does to the selection process."

The recommendations are designed to tighten the bidding process for American cities after it was disclosed that bribes were paid in the selection of Salt Lake City as the site for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Despite the deadline extension, organizers of the Washington-Baltimore 2012 effort said they plan to have their bid completed by the end of March 2000 as originally planned.

The rest of the U.S. Olympic Committee's timetable for selecting a U.S. city will remain intact.

Washington-Baltimore is competing with San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, New York, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and Tampa-Orlando in Florida.

Pub Date: 4/21/99

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