Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, in Washington to meet with the California congressional delegation, said yesterday he hopes the 1984 Olympics still can be held in Los Angeles.
Bradley's remarks came in response to a request from Lord Killanin, president of the Internaional Olympic Committee, that city officials and the 100 try again to resolve their disagreement over the city's financial responsibilities for the Games.
Bradley recommended to the City Council Tuesday that Los Angeles, the only city to bid for the 1984 summer Games, withdraw its offer. The IOC and the city have been wrangling over the city's proposal that a private group-and not the city-be responsible for financial arrangements, including any possible debts.
"We will have to see if there is some reasonable possibility that (the IOC has) a proposal which would permit the city to invoke the conditions we want on financial control," Bradley said.
"I've been hopeful from the very outset that the city could have the Games," he added. "They (the IOC) seem to be keeping the door open and that is another sign of hope."
Bradley also said he opposes suggestions that the United States boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics to retaliate for the trials of Soviet dissidents. He said he discussed this with President Carter, during a meeting on the effects of Proposition 13, and the president agreed with him.
"I told President Carter and others that I could not support such an idea," Bradley said. "The Olympics have been far too politicized already and I wouldn't support anything which would further politicize them."