Utah Olympic officials to seek $15M to attract sports events

Fraser Bullock, co-chairman of the Salt Lake City Olympic/Paralympic exploratory committee, holds a copy of the committee's report during an Olympic/Paralympic exploratory committee board meeting and press conference at the Utah State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City has become the first U.S. city to announce it will pursue a bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Olympic bid officials say they will request as much as $15 million from the state Legislature to help bring more world-class sporting events to Utah in preparation for future Winter Olympics.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the funding being sought would go through the Utah Sports Commission to be used over the next 10 to 12 years to bring in more events, like the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships that start this weekend at Utah resorts.

The U.S. Olympic Committee in December gave Salt Lake City the green light to bid on a future Winter Games, most likely for 2030.

Fraser Bullock, co-chair of the Salt Lake Olympic Exploratory Committee, says the next big task will be preparing for venue-use agreements across the state.

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