2022 Olympics in Reno-Tahoe: Regional officials meet in Switzerland to gather research
May 24, 2011
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. andamp;#8212; A group of regional officials charged with looking into bringing the Winter Olympics to the Reno-Tahoe region in 2022 recently returned from an international conference in Europe.Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition Board Vice-Chairman Hawley MacLean and Membership Coordinator Keri Cassinelli, along with CEO Jon Killoran, attended the Olympic Games Organization seminar in Lausanne, Switzerland, on May 16-17.According to a press release, the seminar andamp;#8212; hosted by the World Union of Olympic Cities andamp;#8212; was designed to help bidding cities and future hosts learn about the importance of legacy planning, as well as information on sustainability for venues and housing at a Winter Games site.andamp;#8220;Infrastructure needs to be useful after any major event,andamp;#8221; MacLean said. andamp;#8220;We’re working with regional transportation agencies. If we build Olympic housing, the goal is to have it incorporated into useful student and affordable community housing. The same applies for venue construction. We’d like to make certain the venues would be used by the university, colleges and the community after the event.andamp;#8221;History and culture of the region is another important factor for any city or region interested in hosting the Winter Games, said MacLean, adding that there are several major considerations that need to be addressed when preparing an Olympic Games bid.andamp;#8220;First, there’s the environment,andamp;#8221; he said. andamp;#8220;There’s real concern about the environment when you’re hosting one of the biggest events in the world.andamp;#8221;To address those concerns, the Winter Games Coalition is working with environmental groups to address that issue in both Reno and Lake Tahoe.Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition leaders say the entire community will have to get involved if the region is invited to bid on the games for the year 2022.andamp;#8220;Working toward a potential Winter Games bid is truly a region-wide effort,andamp;#8221; Killoran said.Further information can be sought by calling 775-622-3345 or by visiting the coalition’s website at http://www.renotahoewintergames.org.
According to previous reports, a committee formed in April that will work with the coalition to bolster a case for both Nevada and California for the games. It includes representatives from the Northern California World Trade Center, the California Alliance for Jobs and the Sacramento City Council, among other business and civic organizations with regional and state interests.The committee will look at the potential economic and environmental impact of the Olympics. It will launch opinion polls and host open-forum meetings. It will assess the current infrastructure and gauge what would be needed in order to host the world’s largest sporting event.However, there’s a long way to go before a bid is even considered.andamp;#8220;We are not considering any bids until our negotiations with the IOC are complete,andamp;#8221; said Patrick Sandusky, a spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee.The has USOC halted bids until a resolution to the long-running dispute with the International Olympic Committee over revenue sharing can be formed. Though there has been positive dialogue between the two, the negotiations have an open-ended timeline, Sandusky said.There is no set deadline for a bid for the 2022 Winter Games, but it would likely be around two years after the deadline for the 2020 bids, which is set for mid-September of this year, Sandusky said. He would not comment on whether or not the negotiations would be finished in time for a 2022 bid.