Conservation Groups in Colorado are reportedly questioning the makeup of a special state committee set up to explore a Colorado bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
Colorado was the first host ever awarded the Olympic Games to reject them after Denver voters decided in 1972 not to commit the necessary tax dollars for the Games.
Gary Wockner, an environmental activist, said, “given that environmental concerns in part derailed the Olympics in 1976, you’d think a prominent environmentalist would have been a key appointment on this committee.
“Environmental issues such as air quality, traffic congestion, climate change, forest health, population growth, and water need to be considered in this Olympic bid”.
There is no official bid by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) until it reaches an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over revenue sharing.
The Colorado Independent reports Wockner and other conservationists in Colorado say environmental concerns are just as prevalent today (or perhaps more so) as they were in 1972 when the 1976 Olympic Games were rejected.