Under a proposed plan San Diego would join Tijuana, Mexico in the first-ever international Olympic bid for the 2024 games. (Getty Images)

Under a proposed plan San Diego would join Tijuana, Mexico in the first-ever international Olympic bid for the 2024 games. (Getty Images)

San Diego-Mexico 2024 Olympics? Mayors mull first-ever international bid

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner wants to join with Tijuana, Mexico, to bid on the 2024 Olympic Games.

Filner announced his intentions at a ceremony in Tijuana. Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante, who leaves office in December, says he likes the idea.

The cross-border area of more than 4 million people seems like a long shot for the summer games. The NFL’s San Diego Chargers have considered leaving Qualcomm Stadium. It often takes more than two hours to enter the U.S. from Mexico by car.

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But San Diego’s new mayor says the two cities can bid competitively. Filner says the bid would force the cities to work more closely together to address infrastructure needs.

San Diego State University International Communications professor John Eger says the Olympics aren’t necessarily a moneymaker, but a partnership with Tijuana to split the costs could work, according to 10 News in San Diego. 

“You can do great things to position your region globally,” Eger said.

A San Diego, Tijuana tandem would be the first-ever international Olympic bid.

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