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Seattle Won’t Seek 2012 Olympics

December 17, 1998

SEATTLE (AP) _ The Seattle Olympic Bid Committee, formed to seek the 2012 Summer Olympics, is expected to disband at an executive board meeting set for Thursday.

That action would end Seattle’s attempt to play host to those games.

On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted 8-1 against supporting an official Olympic bid.

``It makes it very difficult to continue,″ Steve Penny, a bid committee member and a vice president of Bob Walsh Enterprises, said Wednesday. ``We all feel the City Council has made a very shortsighted decision.″

The Puget Sound Regional Council last week decided not to vote on the bid proposal.

Backers of the games needed an official vote to complete a bid application in time. They had looked to the regional council after the City Council earlier made it clear it wasn’t interested.

Kathy Scanlan, director of the Seattle Olympic Bid Committee, wasn’t available for comment Wednesday.

Seattle was one of nine United States cities seeking to be the American choice to bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Last year, the bid committee made a $100,000 deposit to the U.S. Olympic Committee, money that won’t be refunded.

``We knew the odds were stacked against us going into Monday’s meeting,″ Penny said. ``So you sort of prepare yourself for what’s to come.″

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