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Governor presses Boston Olympic bid organizers on planning

Governor presses organizers of Boston's 2024 Olympic bid to release detailed plan soon

Governor presses Boston Olympic bid organizers on planning

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker again appears to be showing impatience with the progress of Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympics.

The governor told reporters on Thursday that the Boston bid committee needs to release its detailed plans within the next month to allow enough time for public discussion. The group faces a Sept. 15 deadline to formally notify the International Olympic Committee of the city's bid, with a formal presentation to the IOC due in January.

"If you work the clock back from when the final presentation has to be made and you allow an appropriate time for the public to vet this issue, I think it's important that sometime soon there be a plan that people can review and then discuss," Baker said.

Boston 2024's chief executive, Richard Davey, has said the group expects to release next month a revised plan that will include specific details on key items such as the Olympic Stadium and athletes village as well as other smaller venues where events could be held.

"We've been working really hard on the detailed plan," Davey, a former state transportation secretary, told The Boston Globe on Wednesday.

In March, Baker also complained of "unanswered questions" and slow progress by Boston 2024, a nonprofit group, in finalizing key elements of the Olympic bid, including venues.

The Republican governor and Democratic legislative leaders later announced plans to hire an outside consultant to independently analyze the Olympic bid and advise state government on whether the effort could place an unfair burden on taxpayers.

Baker indicated on Thursday that a consultant would be named shortly.

Boston was selected by the United States Olympic Committee in January as the U.S. bid city. Public opinion polls have pointed to some skepticism among Massachusetts residents about the wisdom of hosting the games, and organizers have promised to abide by the results of a statewide referendum likely to be held in November 2016.

The IOC will choose the host city in 2017. Rome and Hamburg have declared their bids, while Paris and Budapest are also expected to join the race.

Updated : 2021-09-25 23:04 GMT+08:00