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Legislative committee hears support for bill to study Boston Olympic bid

Dan Walsh, who won a bronze medal in rowing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, is pushing a study.
Dan Walsh, who won a bronze medal in rowing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, is pushing a study.

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Olympians joined enthusiastic business and political leaders at the State House Tuesday for a hearing on a Senate bill that would create a nine-member commission to study the feasibility of a bid by Boston to host the Summer Games of 2024.

Boston was one of 35 cities asked in February by the United States Olympic Committee to consider bidding for the Olympics. Seven cities already have expressed interest in Olympic bids.

Boston has not made an indication one way or the other, but there are signs of support, including the feasibility bill sponsored by Senator Eileen Donoghue, a Lowell Democrat.

The Globe reported in March that a private group called the Boston Olympic Exploratory Committee has been quietly drumming up support for a bid.

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