USOC contacts Memphis, Nashville to gauge interest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The United States Olympic Committee has sent letters to Memphis and Nashville to gauge the cities' interest in bidding for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A letter dated Tuesday and addressed to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said the committee is reaching out to cities that have previously expressed an interest in bidding for the Games, as well as the cities in the largest 25 U.S. markets.

The Tennessean said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's office confirmed receiving the letter. Press Secretary Bonna Johnson said 34 other cities were also contacted.

The letter to Wharton notes that staging the Games is an "extraordinary undertaking" for a city, requiring operating budgets in excess of $3 billion.

Other requirements include 45,000 hotel rooms and an Olympic Village that sleeps 16,500.

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