City Gets Olympic Sized Pie In The Face
On Monday, Neil Mavis experienced the thrill of victory, featured in the New York Times promoting Tulsa as the perfect spot for the 2024 Olympics.
"I think we've got the theme of Native America, Route 66, Oklahoma music, and mid-America," he said.
24 hours later, he felt the agony of defeat.
"I announce today that we are actively not seeking an Olympic bid nor supporting it," said Ray Hoyt of the Tulsa Sports Commission.
At a press conference Tuesday morning, the Tulsa Sports Commission and the mayor delicately threw a javelin through the heart of Neil's plans.
"I don't want to throw cold water on Mr. Mavis' program or his opportunity, I just know that what I know in 20 years of my experience in the sports industry is that there are things that fit for communities and there are things that don't," said Hoyt.
"Obviously the US Olympics, or having the world Olympics is a little bit out of our reach, we know that," said Bartlett.
But apparently the city didn't know that back in March when the mayor designated Neil as an authorized representative to the United States Olympic Committee to "...advance the city of Tulsa's interest in bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games."
Nor did they realize it May when Mavis was made part of the city's "2024 Summer Games Exploratory Committee, authorized to get business cards saying such with the city's seal. "On behalf of the city, I appreciate your efforts to obtain the 2024 Summer Games..." signed Dewey Bartlett.
"So, yeah, I'm being thrown under the bus," said Mavis.
Once the Olympic golden boy, Neil says he wasn't even invited to Tuesday's press conference.
"While we commend Mr. Mavis's passion and enthusiasm for our community, we lack many of the basic infrastructure and requirement for the international Olympics," said Hoyt.
"It's a lack of leadership, that's what it is. That's the one word that say it all, this is about leadership. We had a chance to run with it but we ran away," said Mavis.