Friday, February 10, 2006

Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/09/2006 | Philadelphia named Olympic 'partner'

We are worried about a hockey areana and a casino -- while at the other end of the state some are bucking for the Olympics in 2016.
Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/09/2006 | Philadelphia named Olympic 'partner': "On the eve of the start of the Winter Games in Italy, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced yesterday that it had chosen the Philadelphia region to be one of its community partners.

No, this does not mean that the 2016 Summer Games are coming here. But in the view of the man heading the effort to make that happen, such a designation can't hurt.

'We're glad to have the beginning of an official relationship with the USOC,' said Joseph M. Torsella, who, as head of the city's informal organizing committee, has been working behind the scenes for months. 'We hope this is the start of a long and beautiful friendship.'

It remains unclear whether any U.S. city will be allowed to bid for 2016. The USOC is promising to address the matter after the close of the Paralympic Games on March 19 in Turin.

But becoming a community partner indicates that Philadelphia is ready to mount a serious bid if and when the competition starts.

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