US Olympic Committee to Meet in Boston Tuesday

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The US Olympic Committee’s board of directors is scheduled to meet in Boston Tuesday further fueling rumors that the city is a favorable contender to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The Boston Business Journal reports that Washington, San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas, and San Francisco are also on the list for consideration.

It’s likely the rumors are jumping the gun a bit. Jon Chesto, Managing Editor of Boston Business Journal writes:

A spokesman for the USOC advised me not to read too much into the location of Tuesday's meeting. He says this a standard quarterly board meeting, and the USOC tends to move them around the country a fair bit and have them hosted by board members.

There are 16 members on the USOC board of directors, some of whom have Boston ties, including James Benson, a Boston resident and former CEO of John Hancock Life Insurance Company, and Ursula Burns also serves on MIT’s board of directors.


Still, reaction of Boston as a possible host site has been mixed. A grass-roots movement called “No Boston Olympics’’ thinks “there are better ways to invest public resources than throwing a three-week party for the global elite, while hard-working citizens foot the bill.’’

Another movement “Boston 2026’’ thinks the city would be a better host to the 2026 Winter Olympics.

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