PITTSBURGH wants to host senior games

Thursday, July 12th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Pittsburgh-AP) -- Officials say they would like to see Pittsburgh host the Summer National Senior Games.

Allegheny County Chief Executive Jim Roddey and U-P-M-C officials say they're thinking of making a bid for the 2005 games.

More than eight thousand seven hundred athletes 50 years and older are expected to compete in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for this year's games. The two-week even takes place every two years and is put together by the National Senior Games Association.

Organizers say Pittsburgh will be among 40 cities invited to make a bid by November for the 2005 and 2007 games.

While the talks are preliminary, U-P-M-C sports director Peter Cohen says the games would encourage seniors to become more active.

Organizers say a decision on the 2005 venue will not be made until next year.