Merten Appointed to Olympic Board

Posted: July 7, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

President Alan Merten was selected in June to serve on the Washington/Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition (WBRC) board of directors, a group vying to host the Summer Olympics in 2012. The WBRC was created on June 30, 1998, and Merten was one of 14 members recently added.

The board now comprises 53 members, including Baltimore Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken Jr., NBA star Grant Hill, former Baltimore mayor Kurt Schmoke, University of Maryland president Dane Mote, and Discovery Communications chairman John Hendricks.

The Olympic Games, held over a 17-day period, include a total of 28 sports. If its bid is accepted, the WBRC plans to host the Olympic events in five hubs–Washington, Baltimore, College Park, Annapolis, and Northern Virginia. The wrestling and judo competitions will be hosted at the Patriot Center and tae kwon do will take place in George Mason’s John Linn Gymnasium.

Bids from the Washington/Baltimore group, along with seven other American cities, including Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tampa, are due to the U.S. Olympic Committee on Dec. 15. The U.S. Olympic Committee will pick one of the competing U.S. cities to enter the global competition that will determine the location of the 2012 games. The International Olympic Committee will make a final site selection in 2005.

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