April 27, 2013

Native-themed Olympics in Tulsa?

Tulsa wants 2024 Olympics, would bring Native American theme

By Stephen WilsonThe U.S. Olympic Committee is talking to 10 cities about a possible bid for the 2024 Summer Games, including a joint proposal from San Diego and Mexican neighbor Tijuana.

Following failed bids for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, the USOC sent out letters to 35 American cities in February to gauge interest in a potential run for 2024.

“We’re in discussion with about 10 cities actively now,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said in an interview after speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors in New York. “The process is really working the way it was supposed to.”

Los Angeles, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, and Philadelphia have announced their interest. The mayor of Tulsa, Okla., Dewey Bartlett, told the USOC in a letter last month the city would be interested in submitting a bid with a “Native America theme.”
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Comment:  For more on Indians and the Olympics, see Brazil Threatens to Evict Indigenous Squatters and Cowichan Athlete at Paralympic Games.

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