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Boston selected as U.S. candidate to host 2024 Summer Olympics

Boston selected as U.S. candidate to host 2024 Summer Olympics

Posted by Juan Gavasa on January 09, 2015

Boston has taken another step in its quest to host the 2024 Summer Olympics with its selection by the United States Olympic Committee as the nation's candidate city.

It will now have until January 2016 to submit its final bid to the International Olympic Committee, which will choose the host city in 2017.

Boston's rivals at the international level will include Rome, Hamburg or Berlin, and Paris.

Its selection as American bid city has been met with enthusiasm in some quarters of that New England metropolis, but fears about spiraling costs and other concerns have also led to sizable opposition to the Olympic bid.

Mayor Marty Walsh, who attended last month's bid presentations in California, said it was an "exceptional honor" to have been chosen to represent the United States.

"This selection is in recognition of our city's talent, diversity and global leadership. Our goal is to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games that are innovative, walkable and hospitable to all. Boston hopes to welcome the world's greatest athletes to one of the world's great cities."

Boston has several advantages, including a storied sports tradition in baseball, basketball and long-distance running and numerous colleges and universities that can serve as venues for sporting events and provide housing for media professionals.

It also leveraged its extensive public transportation network, proposing that no venue would be located more than a 10-minute walk from its metro or commuter rail systems.

"We are passionate about sports because we believe in the power of sport to transform our city and inspire the world's youth," construction magnate John Fish, chairman of the privately backed Boston 2024 Partnership, said in a statement.

"A Boston Games can be one of the most innovative, sustainable and exciting in history, and will inspire the next generation of leaders here and around the world."

But the city's weaknesses include the lack of an Olympic Stadium, an Olympic Village, an aquatics center and other infrastructure needed for the Summer Games.

The group No Boston Olympics, for its part, slammed a lack of transparency in the city's bid and said it was doubtful the Games could be organized without additional public funding.

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