Amid the announcement that San Diego and Tijuana were considering a bi-national bid for the 2024 Olympics was the idea that, despite the obvious challenges with the proposal, 2012 republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is the man that could make it happen.
After all, he’s a successful businessman, he apparently saved the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, and has strong ties to San Diego. But while he was flattered by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s casual offer, Romney says thanks, but no thanks.
According to his adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, who spoke with the AP, Romney is happy to be a consultant on the bid, but does “not intend to take a management position with the committee.”
It’s obviously not a death knell, but with the complications at the border, the fear of violence, the difficulty with venue locations, and the fact that two countries hosting a Summer Games is against the rules of the IOC, San Diego is a long shot growing longer, and it needs some help.
If San Diego really wants to get involved in the Olympic movement, they’re better off looking 90 minutes north instead to help strengthen Los Angeles’s bid its third Games.
Ryan Lochte will be summoned to attend a criminal hearing in Brazil regarding his Rio de Janeiro gas station incident from Aug. 14, according to NBC News.
“A formal summons is expected to be sent to the U.S. asking for help in bringing Lochte to Brazil. If Lochte does not show up, the process, we’re told, will continue, where he could be charged by the public prosecutor and likely convicted in Brazil,” was reported on MSNBC on Thursday.
Lochte has said he “over-exaggerated” his original story that a gun was pointed at his head during a robbery at a gas station.
Lochte’s full interview with Matt Lauer that aired during NBC’s Olympic coverage last weekend is here.
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Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski sold the silver medal he won at the Rio Olympics to raise funds for a 3-year-old boy fighting eye cancer.
In an online auction, Polish billionaire siblings Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk bid an amount large enough to cover 3-year-old Olek Szymanski‘s treatment for retinoblastoma in New York, according to Malachowski’s Facebook page and media reports.
Malachowski’s gesture is reminiscent of Polish swimmer Otylia Jędrzejczak, who sold her gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics to raise money to help children with leukemia.
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