Officials in Washington Tuesday announced plans to seek the 2024 Summer Olympics, a bid to finally bring the world games to one of the few major capital cities to never hold the event.
The initial plans are strong and offer the International Olympic Committee a tempting combination of world class security, thousands of hotel rooms and a relatively cheap venue because it relies on stadiums around the region, including the Verizon Center, the U.S. Naval Academy, George Mason University, and even sites in Baltimore, Md.
“We will be a front-runner,” said Robert Sweeney, the president of DC 2024 and the previous head of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. In an interview he told Secrets that all city officials and sports executives, including the Redskins’ Daniel Snyder and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, back the effort.
Politics could play a role in the final choice: The Washington Olympics could be the crowning achievement of the next president, should he — or she — win two terms and finish in 2025. “Whoever is our next president could be the president that we are dealing with the Olympics,” said Sweeney.
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