DC Bids for 2024 Olympics
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 02:09
With Tokyo chosen as the site of the 2020 Olympics, a local nonprofit is looking ahead to 2024.
D.C. 2024, which is not affiliated with the D.C. government, aims to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games to the Washington, D.C.
This effort would be the second time the District attempted to win the U.S. Olympic bid. The city joined forces with Baltimore in 2002 for a proposal for the 2012 games that would have spanned Baltimore, Prince George’s County, D.C. and Northern Virginia. The proposal lost out to New York, which won the U.S. bid before losing to London at the international level.
Potential rivals for 2024 include Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, all of which have announced their intent to participate in the United States Olympic Committee bidding process, which will end in 2015. The U.S. candidate city will then compete with cities across the world for the International Olympic Committee’s host city decision, which will be announced in 2017, giving the chosen city seven years to prepare for the games.
D.C. 2024 efforts emphasize that the District’s location is ideal because it welcomes millions of visitors every year and regularly holds large-scale events. The city’s three nearby international airports and mass transit system are also cited as benefits, along with the number of sporting facilities within a 40-mile radius of the city.
Matthew Winkler, an associate dean in Georgetown’s master’s program in sports industry management and a former member of the D.C. 2012 Olympic bid committee, stressed the city’s viability as an Olympic host.
“The Washington, D.C., metropolitan region has one of the strongest demographic market areas in the world and the kind of socio-economic power that can help shed the misperception that the city is all about politics — it’s also a great sports town with strong traditions,” Winkler wrote in an email.
Any Olympic host city must invest a minimum of $3 billion into the Olympic Games, and cities must be able to provide at least 45,000 hotel rooms, a large international airport and public transportation.
Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonis and Redskins owner Dan Snyder have both expressed support for D.C. 2024, and Virginia businessman Dan Knise, who led the unsuccessful 2012 bid, has been reported to be involved in the 2024 push as well.
Additionally, Georgetown’s sports industry management program at the School of Continuing Studies is partnering with D.C. 2024 for “The Business of Global Sporting Events,” a course offered this fall about the process behind Olympic bids. The course’s final project involves presenting findings and recommendations to the D.C. 2024 Olympic committee.
Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh supported D.C. 2024’s efforts to bring the Olympics to the District.
“As a university, we are generally supportive events like this that bring energy, focus and economic development to [the] city, and if awarded, would work closely with [the] city to make the event a success,” Pugh said.
Hoya Staff Writer David Chardack contributed reporting.