TULSA - Tulsa won't be in the mix for the 2024 Olympics after all.
The Tulsa Sports Commission said Tuesday they have had no contact with the United States Olympic Committee regarding the 2024 Summer Games.
"The Tulsa Sports Commission has not been contacted by the U.S. Olympic Committee nor has the Tulsa Sports Commission reached out to the U.S. Olympic Committee regarding a bid to host the 2024 Olympics," said Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of TSC.
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Hoyt, joined by Mayor Dewey Bartlett, said the organization is focusing on bringing other sporting events to Tulsa, like the Bassmaster Classic, Big XII and NCAA Championship games and FIVB World League Volleyball.
"These viable events spur interest in visitors and sports enthusiasts from around the region and provide significant economic impact to Tulsa area businesses ... In the past 10 years alone, we have seen the fruits of big dreams in venues like the BOK Center and ONEOK Field. We will continue to build on our community's dreams by pursuing attainable top level sporting events such as the events previously mentioned in addition to individual Olympic sports and national championship events," said Hoyt.
Bartlett recognized the obstacles Tulsa would face in holding an event like the Olympics and the likelihood of Tulsa securing an Olympic bid, but the mayor said the city "would be in an excellent position to be a center for Olympic trials" or specific competitions like basketball or equestrian events.