Rogge regrets US doesn't bid for 2020 Olympics

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IOC President Jacques Rogge speaks during a press conferece with IAAF President Lamine Diack in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. The World Athletics Championships run Aug. 27 through Sept. 4, 2011 in Daegu.  Rogge regretted that the United States did not bid for the 2020 Olympics and said Friday he hopes they will seek the right to organize the games in the future. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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DAEGU, South Korea (AP) — IOC President Jacques Rogge regrets that the United States did not bid for the 2020 Olympics and said Friday he hopes they will seek the right to organize the games in the future.

The two sides have had a dispute over revenue-sharing from the games for years and the U.S. Olympic Committee announced earlier this month it would not bid for the 2020 Games.

"We would have loved to have a bid for 2020 emanating from the United States," Rogge said. "We respect and understand the position of USOC and we hope that there will be good bids in the future."

Because of the USOC decision there will be at least a 20-year gap between Olympics on American soil. The last time the event was staged in the United States was the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

The IOC executive board was to meet later Friday on whether to allow Qatar to bid for the games with an autumn time bracket, when the summer heat over the Arabian peninsula has somewhat subsided. Qatar has already won the right to organize the soccer World Cup even though it will be held in summer there.

Once a decision is taken in Daegu, Rogge said the IOC will put it to the Qatari Olympic authorities without making any announcement, giving them time to react as they see fit.

"We are not going to make a press release," Rogge said. "We want to first to give the opportunity to our friends in Qatar to discuss with us about the decision."

A late Olympics would clash with the European soccer season, which usually opens mid-August and could draw away some of the global media attention.

The IOC has set a Sept. 1 deadline for countries to submit a city's name for consideration.

South Africa also announced this month that it will not bid for the 2020 Games.

The IOC will award the 2020 Games in 2013. So far, Rome, Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul, Turkey, have said they will bid.

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