THE SIDELINES : W. Berlin to Study Joint Olympics Bid

From Times Wire Services

West Berlin decided today to organize a feasibility study of its proposal to host the 2004 Olympic Games with East Berlin. The study group is due to report back to the city government before the end of the year.

East Germany has not warmed to the idea of both sides of the divided city hosting the Games and is promoting Leipzig as its candidate, but West Berlin Mayor Walter Momper said he hopes that the Communist state will change its mind.

The International Olympic Committee has until 1997 to award the Games. West Berlin has said it will not seek to hold the Games on its own.