By Duncan Mackay

Tulsa_river_viewAugust 8 - A plan for an Olympic Stadium so Tulsa can host the 2020 Games is among proposals put forward to redevelop the west bank of Arkansas River in the city, even though the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has made it very clear that it is unlikely to bid for the event.

The Tulsa Games Committee is proposing the site as part of the overall application for Tulsa in its bid to be considered for the 2020 Olympics.

The site would include the Olympic Stadium and parking, an Olympic Park, Olympic and Native American sports museum and large statue and a World Fit Olympic and River Parks walking trail, Tulsa World reported. 

Tulsa City Council launched a bid process in April for four parcels of city-owned land totaling nearly 88 acres and a fifth, privately-owned parcel of about 27 acres.

The area sits between the 11th Street bridge and just south of the 21st Street bridge.

It includes the River Parks trail and a portion of the river.

A group of Tulsa businessmen came up with the idea in 2009 of bidding for 2020 following Chicago's unsuccessful bid for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. 

The USOC did submit a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last month saying it had met a condition of bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games to keep its options open in the still unlikely event the US does bid. 

But Scott Blackmun, the chief executive of the USOC, has made it clear that America will not put themselves forward again until they concluded a deal on revenue-sharing with the IOC, which is unlikely before the deadline for 2020 bids on September 1.

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