2024 is 'right time' for U.S. Olympic bid, says ANOC chief

Sat Nov 8, 2014 8:39am EST
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By Julian Linden

BANGKOK (Reuters) - One of the most powerful men in the Olympic movement has urged the United States to push ahead with its plans to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying it is the "right time".

The U.S. has not hosted the Summer Olympics since 1996, partly because of a long-running feud over television rights and sponsorship, but the president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), believes the U.S. now has a great chance.

"I think this is the right time to come forward for 2024,” Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said on Saturday.

“I don’t know what city, I don’t know the other competitor, I’m not saying anything because I don’t know who’s showing interest.

“But I think this is the best time for the States to come back with a nice bid because 2024, maybe they will have a good chance.”

Sheikh Ahmad, a former Kuwaiti oil minister who is also president of the Olympic Council of Asia, is one of the most influential members of the IOC.

Earlier this week, he was re-elected unopposed to serve four more years as president of ANOC, which represents more than 200 National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

During the ANOC general assembly in Bangkok, he also succeeded in getting approval to start the World Beach Games -- a multi-sports event he pioneered in Asia for countries that can’t afford to host the Olympics -- as well as a resolution supporting IOC president Thomas Bach’s 40-point plan to modernize the Olympics.   Continued...

Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah speaks at a news conference at the Main Media Centre of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 21, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Dawson/Files