Dan Knise, the former head of the Washington-Baltimore group that sought to host the 2012 Olympics, said yesterday the region would be interested in bidding again if the competition were reopened this summer.
Knise, however, urged New York bid leaders to stay in the race for the Games, which will be awarded by the International Olympic Committee July 6 in Singapore.
Since a Monday vote that scuttled plans for a $2 billion centerpiece stadium, New York City 2012 officials have been scrambling to assemble an alternative plan amid speculation that they might drop out of the race. Three years ago, New York defeated San Francisco, Washington-Baltimore and Houston for the right to represent the United States in the international race for the 2012 Games.
"I hope New York sticks with it," Knise said. "I think they have a commitment not only to the U.S. Olympic Committee but also to the U.S. Olympic movement to put up a good fight and a good strong bid to the bitter end and try to win this thing.
"Should something happen after the July vote where there needs to be a competition, I think Washington would be interested. We still have a great sports town and I think it's a sports town being more recognized all the time. . . . Hopefully we would have a chance to maybe come back in again.
"For now, I just am really hopeful that New York will stay with it and put its best foot forward and to present as strong a case as possible to the IOC in July."
Though New York's bid leaders previously said they had no alternative to the stadium deal that fell through Monday, New York City 2012 bid founder Dan Doctoroff said during a brief interview yesterday that "things have changed." He said bid officials were exploring all of their options, but declined to discuss those explorations.
Doctoroff did say the review process "certainly" would be concluded by this coming Monday, the day New York, Paris, London, Madrid and Moscow have been asked by the IOC to respond in writing to a report by its evaluation commission on all five cities.
The evaluation team pointed to New York's absence of a deal on a stadium as a major weakness of its bid.
Under a contract with the U.S. Olympic Committee, New York is legally obligated to carry out its bid through the July 6 IOC vote.
-- Amy Shipley