7:09 PM EDT, August 29, 2011
The International Olympic Committee wasted no time depositing Las Vegas' do-it-yourself application to be host of the 2020 Olympic Games into the circular file.
The Nevadans wouldn't take a domestic no for an answer when the U.S. Olympic Committee said last week it was not going to submit a bid city for 2020. The application deadline is Thursday.
So, as gamesbids.com reported, a group from Vegas figured it would end run the USOC and send an application directly to IOC President Jacques Rogge.
They figured such a letter might mean all bets are off regarding the USOC's decision not to bid.
No one in the Vegas Olympic wannabes, led by a Texas developer named Chris Milam, bothered to read the rules for bids, as the IOC reminded them in a letter I learned about this afternoon.
The brief and polite IOC letter simply referred to Rule 33 of the Olympic Charter. Bye-law 1 to that rule reads, "In order to be admissable, any application by any city to host Olympic Games must be approved by the NOC (national Olympic committee) of its country. . ."
USOC officials, who are not approving any 2020 bids, had been in contact with the IOC as soon as they learned what Las Vegas was doing, so there would be no risk of damage to the vastly improved relations between the IOC and USOC.
The oddest part of the deal is the Vegas folks sent Rogge the letter a day before the IOC told Doha it could bid for 2020 with dates (between Sept. 20 - Oct. 20) that fall outside the preferred July 15 - Aug. 31 period for the Summer Games.
The heat in Qatar would make it dangerous to have Summer Olympics in July and August.
So would the heat in Las Vegas, where the high temperature has been from 100 to 111 all but two days since July 15 this year, according to weatherunderground.com.
Add Las Vegas' Olympic "hosts" to mad dogs and Englishmen in the noonday sun.
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