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Monterrey Mexico Considers 2016 Summer Olympic Bid

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El Tibio Munoz, President of the Mexican Olympic Committee, has expressed an interest for Monterrey to bid for the 2016 Summer Games, and now entrepreneur Gary Salinas, who dreamt about a Monterrey Olympic bid years ago, said it was very possible the city could bid for the 2016 Games - it only has to present a good bid.

Three years ago during the administration of Felipe de Jesus Cantu Rodriguez, the ex- Mayor considered a bid and a feasibility study was carried out.

The former Mayor said they analyzed the possibility of a bid and spoke to the Mayor of Guadalajara to see if they should bid together because of the amount of resources needed for a bid.

Also several businesses showed interest in supporting a Monterrey bid.

Although no amount of money has been mentioned, it won’t be until August when a date will be set for the start of talks on how to attract investors and sponsors.

A Monterrey bid for the 2016 Games would include the development of three sports clusters.

Salinas says Monterrey could bid for the 2016 Summer Games, but the president of the Mexican Olympic Committee proposes that the city should bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Jorge Cantu Valderrama, director of the Corporation for the Turistico Development of the State, called the proposal viable, but said it would take the city more than 15 years to prepare for a bid.

Julio Valdes, director of the Office of Conventions and Visitors of Monterrey, underlined that participation by businessman would be high because the event attracts tourists, but agreed a bid for the 2016 Games would be too soon. Write or read comments about this article

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