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L.A. To Bid for 2012 Olympics

December 5, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Organizers in Los Angeles planned to announce Tuesday their bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The city previously played host to the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984. No city has been the site for the Olympics more than twice.

Other U.S. cities expected to submit bids by the Dec. 15 deadline are Dallas, Washington-Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Tampa, Fla.

The U.S. Olympic Committee will make its choice in the fall of 2002, and the International Olympic Committee is scheduled to pick the host city for the games in the fall of 2005.

Some consider the prospects of holding the 2012 Olympics in an American city a long shot because the United States has been a regular host during the past two decades. There have also been reports of a backlash over the bribery scandal that centered on Salt Lake City’s successful bid for the 2002 games.

Organizers of the Los Angeles bid also expect to show enough readiness to be considered a backup for the 2004 Games, should Athens falter.

Preparations for the Athens Games have been marked by leadership problems and stalled construction projects, and the IOC is closely monitoring the situation. Los Angeles and Seoul are frequently mentioned as alternate sites for 2004, although after a recent IOC inspection, Athens was given assurances that the games would not be moved.

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