International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge said Friday he regrets that the United States won’t bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and he hopes they will bid in the future.
A dispute over revenue-sharing from the Games for several years reportedly caused the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to announce it would not bid for the 2020 Games.
Rogge said, “we would have loved to have a bid for 2020 emanating from the United States. We respect and understand the position of USOC and we hope that there will be good bids in the future”.
Meanwhile the IOC executive board is to meet later Friday on whether to allow Qatar to bid for the Games in the autumn because of the summer heat over the Arabian peninsula.
Rogge said once a decision is made there will not be a press release from the IOC. He said, “we want to first to give the opportunity to our friends in Qatar to discuss with us about the decision.