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SBD/March 3, 2014/Olympics
L.A. Increases Efforts For '24 Summer Games Bid, With Local Political Powers Onboard
Published March 3, 2014
'TIS THE SEASON: A BOSTON GLOBE editorial asked if the city should “be considering” a bid for the ‘26 Winter Games, rather than the '24 Games. A bid for the '26 Games is “worth exploring" as long as organizers establish -- for either a Summer or Winter Games bid -- that the IOC “would entertain a pragmatic bid that avoids glitzy projects that would only get two weeks of use.” The Winter Games “are more manageable than their summer counterpart.” Boston already has many viable venues for a Winter Games, and the savings “from avoiding unnecessary construction could be spent instead” on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority upgrades and “other long-lasting improvements.” The IOC “should reward, not punish, would-be host cities that show a concern for frugality” (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/2).
HANG TEN: In Sydney, Amanda Lulham wrote surfing is "increasingly being perceived as an attractive addition to the Olympic program in the wake of snowboarding's incredible popularity at the Winter Olympics." Surfer Kelly Slater "thinks surfing as an Olympic sport is a swell idea." Slater said that the surfing community is "divided about the sport entering the Olympic arena but he welcomes the move and believes wave pools are surfing’s way onto the Games program" (Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH, 3/1).