Schmoke leaves for Sweden with eye on 2012 Olympics

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke departed yesterday for Stockholm, Sweden, where he plans to lay the groundwork for a Baltimore bid to play host to the Olympics in 2012.

Before leaving, Schmoke said he had set up a meeting with the Sweden Olympic Committee, which is hoping to win the 2004 Summer Games for Stockholm.

The chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, John A. Moag Jr., will join Schmoke in what the mayor described as an "informal information exchange" on Sweden's experience in navigating the site-selection process.

It is unlikely the Olympics will be held in the United States until 2012, but Schmoke said he wanted Baltimore to be ready to make a strong bid to the International Olympic Committee.

"Whenever the Olympics are ready to come back [to the United States], we hope to be early in the running," he said yesterday.

Schmoke said this year that he was interested in Baltimore's playing host to the 2008 Games, but the International Olympic Committee told U.S. organizers that the Games probably wouldn't return to the United States as early as 12 years after Atlanta's turn as host city last summer.

Schmoke also will visit Stockholm's annual Water Festival with an eye to the possibility of a simi-lar event in Baltimore. "I thought it would be great to have here in Baltimore's Inner Harbor," he said.

Schmoke, his wife, Patricia, and their daughter, Kathy, 17, will be guests of the U.S. ambassador to Sweden, Thomas Siebert, during their four-day visit.

The Schmokes are paying the travel expenses of Patricia Schmoke and Kathy Schmoke, said Clinton R. Coleman, the mayor's spokesman.

Pub Date: 8/07/97

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