Mayor: Austin not asked to bid for Olympics

Mayor: Austin not asked to bid for Olympics

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Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said in a statement that despite reports to the contrary, the city had not received a letter to bid for the 2024 Olympics.

According to the New York Times, Austin was one of 35 cities that received a letter asking them to bid for the 2024 Games.

"While we haven't received a letter, it's certainly an honor to mentioned as a candidate city," Leffingwell said in a statement. "I think Austin has proven itself as a great city, and we'd stand up well to our competition. We've proven that time and time again, we are very competitive. Austin has become a global city, and I think we have shown ourselves as a strong venue on the world stage – it's something we've proven with South by Southwest, ACL and the United State Grand Prix."

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