U.S. Olympic Committee and Boston Drop Bid for 2024 Summer Olympics.
The U.S. Olympic Committee and Boston 2024 Partnership have pulled out of the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The bid had proposed using the city's existing college facilities and new sport, transportation and residential infrastructure to accomplish the feat, but a lack of support doomed the project.
"Notwithstanding the promise of the original vision for the bid, and the soundness of the plan developed under Steve Pagliuca [chairman of Boston 2024], we have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced in a statement. "Therefore, the USOC does not think that the level of support enjoyed by Boston's bid would allow it to prevail over great bids from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest or Toronto."
The Boston Globe reported recently that the USOC was pressing Mayor Marty Walsh to guarantee that the city would be responsible for Olympic cost overruns or revenue shortfalls. "I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk," Walsh said during a news conference on Monday. "If committing to sign a guarantee today is what's required to move forward, then Boston is no longer pursuing the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games."