19 December 2014
President of the Mexican Olympic Committee intends to launch a joint bid along with the USA to host the 2024 Olympic Games
Mexico will undertake a new attempt to lodge a bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is assumed that the Games will be hosted byTijuana and San Diego. At the General Assembly President of the Mexican Olympic Committee (COM) Carlos Padilla expressed the hope to hold talks with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) in early 2015.
The idea of a joint bid was first discussed last year, but it was rejected because, in accordance with the Olympic Charter co-hosting the Summer Olympic Games was impossible.
With the adoption of the Olympic Agenda 2020 Recommendations at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Monte Carlo, this rule has lost its relevance.
“After the adoption of the amendments a joint bid of Tijuana and San Diego seems feasible,” – said Padilla at the COM General Assembly held in Mexico City.
The cities are located at a distance of 15 miles from each other and they are closely linked economically. San Diego and Tijuana form an international conurbation with a population of about 5 million. It is the fourth largest in the world.
Padilla expressed his hope to meet with the USOC chairman Larry Probst ‘to discuss this idea’.
The USOC has officially declared the bidding process open, and the USOC Council has reviewed the applications of Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
Probst said that they would support the bid of one city. This statement has been confirmed by Patrick Sandusky, Chief Communications Officer of the USOC.
“Currently, we do not consider the possibility of launching a joint bid,” – he said to insidethegames.com