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By John Laidler
An effort to bring the summer Olympics to Boston 11 years from now is getting an enthusiastic response from business and government leaders in the region as an area lawmaker seeks a state study of the idea.
“It would be a tremendous opportunity to highlight the Boston region and the North Shore, the South Shore, the western suburbs and even beyond into New England,” said Robert G. Bradford, president of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, of a Boston Olympic games. “It would have a very positive economic impact on our region.”
Malden Mayor Gary Christenson also likes the idea.
The United States Olympic Committee has contacted Boston and 34 other municipalities to gauge their interest in bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. A private group, the Boston Olympic Exploratory Committee, is trying to build support for Boston pursuing a bid.
State Senator Eileen Donaghue, a Lowell Democrat, has sponsored a bill to create a special commission to explore the issues involved in an Olympic bid. The bill was the subject of a hearing last Tuesday, May 7 before the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.