San Diego County leaders are putting their full support behind an effort to bring the 2024 Olympics to San Diego.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to back an exploratory group in an effort to join nine other U.S. cities in making a bid to host the Olympic Games.
Board Chairman Greg Cox said he has been hoping for the region to host the games for a long time.
“I think there's no doubt it could be a significant and lasting way to energize a lot of people in the San Diego region and probably see a lot of major infrastructure improvements that are long overdue,” Cox said.
The bid to the U.S. Olympic Committee may be a long shot for 2024 but it would provide an opportunity to showcase the region if selected.
The board will send a letter of support to the mayor of San Diego and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Earlier this year, former mayor Bob Filner proposed a bi-national Summer Olympics hosted by San Diego and Tijuana.
When asked about the possibility in August, USOC’s CEO Scott Blackmun said there was “zero percent chance of that happening.”
However, Blackmun said San Diego on its own is a great sports city and the committee would entertain a bid for the Olympics.
A U.S. city has not hosted the games since Salt Lake City in 2002.
The final vote for the host of the 2024 games would not take place until 2017.