USOC doubles down on Boston 2024 2.0 bid

From left, Scott Blackmun, United States Olympic Committee CEO, Larry Probst, USOC chairman, Steve Pagliuca, Boston 2024 chairman, and Roger Crandall, Boston 2024 vice chair, take turns speaking during a news conference Tuesday.
From left, Scott Blackmun, United States Olympic Committee CEO, Larry Probst, USOC chairman, Steve Pagliuca, Boston 2024 chairman, and Roger Crandall, Boston 2024 vice chair, take turns speaking during a news conference Tuesday. –AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympic games has lived to see another day.

After meeting with Boston 2024 organizers Tuesday, the US Olympic Committee said they were very happy with the updated “2.0 bid’’ unveiled Monday.

USOC Chairman of the Board Larry Probst told reporters in a news conference Tuesday evening the bid has made a “tremendous amount of progress’’ since Steve Pagliuca took over as Boston 2024 chairman in May, and that there were no plans of dropping the bid. There was a chance the USOC could have decided to abandon Boston as the U.S. host city Tuesday, but that was seen as unlikely.

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However, improving local support remains a concern, USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said.

“That’s a weakness of the bid right now,’’ he said, noting that while the USOC had no specific polling benchmarks, it hoped support would pass 60 percent by the time the International Olympic Committee chooses a host in 2017.

Boston’s support for the games has recentlyhovered below 40 percent.(National support for an American host city is higher, according a recent poll.)

The USOC will vote to formally submit a bid Sept. 15.

Asked directly if there’s any chance the committee will not submit a bid for the 2024 Games, Probst said, “We’re not discussing the possibility of not submitting a bid.’’

Blackmun emphasized how happy the USOC was with the improvements under Pagliuca’s leadership, particularly regarding communication and the new venue plan, which moves some events out of the city.

“We feel really good about working with Steve and his team,’’ Blackmun said.

Here’s what Boston 2024 wants the city to look like before, during, and after the Olympics:

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