The courtship didn’t last long, and now Boston is out as a potential host for the 2024 Olympics.
The United States Olympic Committee confirmed Monday that the USOC and Boston severed ties, after the initial choice of Boston was met with lukewarm response by locals concerned with the financial and logistical stresses that come with hosting the global sporting event.
Earlier in the day, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he wouldn’t sign any contract that puts his city on the hook for cost overruns.
“We have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Therefore, the USOC does not think that the level of support enjoyed by Boston’s bid would allow it to prevail over great bids from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest or Toronto,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement.
The USOC can submit one nomination per Olympics, and time is running out to select a U.S. city for the 2024 nomination before the mid-September deadline. At this point, the Associated Press states it would likely be Los Angeles, though San Francisco and Washington D.C. also expressed interest last year.
Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Olympics, known for such moments as Joan Benoit Samuelson’s gold-medal performance in the marathon, and Mary Decker’s mid-race injury in the 3,000 meters.
The Summer Games haven’t been in the U.S. since 1996 when Atlanta hosted. New York (2012) and Chicago (2016) failed to win in their host attempts since then. The U.S. didn’t try for the 2020 games, instead choosing to put their eggs in the 2024 basket. Where that leads now is up in the air with time running out.
“The USOC would very much like to see an American city host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024. We will immediately begin to explore whether we can do so on a basis consistent with our guiding principles, to which we remain firmly committed. We understand the reality of the timeline that is before us. We will brief the media on our progress towards a decision later in August, and we will not have any public statements on the subject of a possible bid until then,” Blackmun said.
The International Olympic Committee will choose the 2024 host sometime in 2017.