San Diego, Tijuana Hope For First Binational Olympics

By Adrian Florido
April 29, 2013

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego and Tijuana are submitting a joint bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

News of a joint bid emerged late last week, when the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed to the Associated Press that San Diego and Tijuana want to co-host the summer games.

Scott Blackmun said the Olympic Committee had just learned of the bid. And he said it would have its challenges. The Olympics have never been hosted by two countries at the same time, and it’s unclear whether such a bid would be seriously considered.

But the effort is in keeping with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s recent interest in promoting the cities of San Diego and Tijuana as a single region, despite being separated by a fence and long border waits.

The host of the 2024 Summer Games won’t be chosen until 2017. Over the weekend, Filner told U-T San Diego he’d like Mitt Romney to lead the binational effort. Romney led Salt Lake City’s successful 2002 Winter Olympics, and he owns a house in San Diego.