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Boston won't proceed with 2024 bid unless residents in favor

Boston won't submit final bid for 2024 Olympics unless majority of residents in favor

In this Friday, March 6, 2015 photo Boston 2024's CEO Richard Davey answers a councilman's question during the first meeting of the Boston City Counci...

Boston 2024

In this Friday, March 6, 2015 photo Boston 2024's CEO Richard Davey answers a councilman's question during the first meeting of the Boston City Counci...

BOSTON (AP) -- Organizers of Boston's effort to land the 2024 Olympics say they will not submit a final bid to the IOC unless a majority of Massachusetts residents are supportive.

The bid committee ran a full-page ad in The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald on Monday, laying out what the privately-funded group said were the 10 principles that form the basis of the city's bid.

Among them were using the Olympics as a catalyst to improve public transportation, create tens of thousands of jobs and spur development of affordable housing.

Other tenets included a multi-layered insurance plan to "protect the city and state from financial risk."

One recent poll conducted for WBUR-FM of more than 500 Boston-area residents showed only 36 percent supported the Olympic bid, while 52 percent were opposed and the rest undecided.

"We believe the 2024 Games fit into the long-term planning goals of the city, and will create jobs, economic development and affordable housing," Richard Davey, the organization's chief executive, said in a statement Monday. "We also want to be clear that we are only in this if we have a majority of the people in Massachusetts behind us prior to submitting our final bid to the International Olympic Committee."

The U.S. Olympic Committee selected Boston as the country's bid candidate over Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

The deadline for submission of bids to the IOC is Sept. 15.

Rome and Hamburg, Germany, have also announced bids. Paris is expected to do so next month. Other potential contenders include Budapest, Hungary; Istanbul, Turkey; Baku, Azerbaijan; and Doha, Qatar.

The IOC will select the host city in 2017.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Davey said the IOC wants to award the games to a city that is supportive and would welcome the athletes.

It was not clear how Boston 2024 would measure public support.

Evan Falchuk, who ran for governor last year under the banner of the United Independent Party, has proposed a question for the November 2016 state ballot that would bar the use of state taxpayer money for the Olympics.

Also Monday, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic leaders of the state Legislature announced they would jointly hire an outside consultant to advise them on the bid, saying they wanted to assure that hosting the games wouldn't unfairly burden taxpayers.

Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg said the consultant would conduct an independent analysis of the plan being developed by Boston 2024. Of specific interest would be any financial risks facing state or city government should the cost of staging the games exceed current projections.

"Hosting the summer games is an opportunity to showcase (Massachusetts) on the world's stage, but it also requires careful consideration and serious analysis given the magnitude of the events," Baker said. "An outside analysis will help us determine the potential impact of the games and ensure Boston 2024's plan will not unfairly burden taxpayers."


Updated : 2021-09-18 12:38 GMT+08:00