The chairman of United States Olympic Committee (USOC) confirmed that they are not planning to bid for 2026 edition of Winter Olympic Games, rather they would go to bag the hosting rights for 2030 Winter Olympics.
Chairman Larry Probst claimed that it is really difficult to manage the financial logistics of hosting the Winter Olympics two years before Los Angeles hosts the Summer Games in 2028
Last week, Salt Lake City said that they would try to become the American nominee for a 2030 bid; Denver is also considering a bid.
"We don't currently have any plans to bid for 2026 and will keep our options open for 2030," Probst said a press conference at Pyeongchang 2018.
When pushed as to why, he answered: "It would make things extremely complicated from a financial standpoint with the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games."
The 67-year-old Probst was also asked about submitting a bid by the deadline of March 31.
He added that, "If the IOC are prepared to go down the path" of a joint allocation for 2026 and 2030, they would "consider being part of those discussions".
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