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The Games would require construction of an Olympic village, like that in Athens for 2004,  for about 15,000 athletes and coaches for the three weeks they would be in Boston.
The Games would require construction of an Olympic village, like that in Athens for 2004, for about 15,000 athletes and coaches for the three weeks they would be in Boston.Thanassis Stavrakis/Associated Press file

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An elite group including some of the city’s most powerful chief executives, business leaders and development specialists is quietly exploring the prospect of bringing the 2024 summer Olympic Games to Boston.

Though in its earliest stages, the volunteer effort, led by John F. Fish, chairman of Suffolk Construction, has already entertained representatives of the United States Olympic Committee. A delegation from the USOC visited in October for two days of unpublicized talks about the possibility of a Boston Olympics. The delegation viewed existing venues and possible sites of future development to make the world’s most prestigious athletic event possible in Boston, as well as leave lasting improvements to the city’s housing stock and transportation network.

“Boston would be a fantastic place for the summer games,” said former Gov. Mitt Romney, who ran the 2002 Salt Lake City winter games and is advising the Boston Olympic movement.

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