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Los Angeles Is Among the Cities Expected to Make a Bid for 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival

September 11, 1986

Los Angeles is among the cities expected to bid for the right to play host to the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Festival, a 34-sport summer event, is held in non-Olympic years and attracts about 3,000 American athletes.

The USOC said that Minneapolis-St. Paul, Oklahoma City, Phoenix and Worcester, Mass., already have filed official bids for the 1989 Festival.

The decision on which city will host the 1989 Festival will be announced at the Nov. 22-23 USOC executive board meeting in Reno, said Sheila Walker, the USOC director of Olympic Festivals and competitions.

Bids for the 1990 Festival are due Oct. 31. Besides Los Angeles, other cities that have shown an interest include San Antonio, Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington, Columbus, Ohio, and Portland, Ore. The 1990 host city will be announced at the April, 1987, USOC House of Delegates meeting in Indianapolis.

At Houston this summer, the Festival set an all-time attendance record of 345,944. The 1987 Festival will be held in the North Carolina cities of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Greensboro.

In previous years, the Festival has been held in Colorado Springs, Syracuse, N.Y., Indianapolis and Baton Rouge, La.

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