Denver eyes 2018 bid

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The Denver Post is claiming that Denver is quietly considering to make a bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

A 165–member contingent of Denver business and government leaders, including the governor of Colorado and the mayor of Denver, visited Vancouver in September 2008 as part of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce's annual Leadership Exchange programme which takes participants to different cities each year to discuss business and policy issues. The Denver Post reports the visit this year will help organisers of a prospective Denver Winter Games bid a chance to learn about what it would take to bring the Winter Games to Denver. A future Denver Olympic bid is getting a boost from SportAccord, a gathering of international sporting officials that is holding its annual meeting in Denver in March. The newspaper reports local backers of an Olympic bid want to be prepared should the US Olympic Committee (USOC) select Denver as its Winter Games nominee. The next Winter Olympic Games in 2018 is to be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2011. According to the Denver Post, supporters of a bid have been low key because cities are discouraged from actively pursuing a bid until they get support from national governing bodies such as the USOC. Also, backers of a Denver bid don't want to be too vocal so as not to hamper Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Games.

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