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GAME OVER: USOC Drops Boston for 2024

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Author: Mark L. Bail

Somewhere in the bowels of the Boston Globe, Shirley Leung is crying in her pom-poms. The State House News Service reports:

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JULY 27, 2015…..The US Olympic Committee and Boston 2024 are dropping Boston as the nation’s potential host city for the 2024 summer Olympics, ending a months-long debate over what Gov. Charlie Baker called a “ten-year drill” with major economic and fiscal ramifications.

Word of the decision began circulating mid-afternoon on Monday, after Boston Mayor Martin Walsh in the morning said he had declined to sign a host city agreement, and Baker confirmed the decision during a State House press conference just after 3 p.m.

“We would like to see the US properly represented in this whole thing,” Gov. Baker said during a televised press conference outside Senate President Rosenberg’s office with Rosenberg, House Speaker DeLeo and Lt. Gov. Polito. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

In a statement, the US Olympic Committee said Walsh’s comments on Monday were a consideration in its decision as well as the inability to convince a majority of people locally to support the Boston bid.

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