It’s official! In a statement released Thursday by the United States Olympic Committee, the city of Boston is set to represent the U.S. for a chance to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2024.
“We’re exited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid,” said USOC chairman Larry Probst.
If Boston is selected by the International Olympic Committee — a decision not to be made until 2017 — it will be the first time the U.S. has hosted the Summer games in 28 years (Atlanta 1996).
Governor Charlie Baker released the following statement in response to the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to select Boston as the U.S. bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games:
“This is great news for Boston and the Commonwealth as it provides an exciting opportunity to promote Massachusetts on the world stage. I look forward to working with Mayor Walsh and the Boston 2024 organization to address the multitude of issues that need to be discussed, including keeping costs down and continuing to press forward on pledges of a privately funded Olympics as the process moves forward before the IOC.”
It’s an exceptional honor for Boston to be chose as the U.S. representative in the running for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “This selection is in recognition of our city’s talent, diversity and global leadership. Our goal is to host 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.”
Videos courtesy of 2024boston.org. Visit the website to learn more about Boston’s bid to represent the U.S. for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.