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10/20/14
Boston Bid Hinges On Proximity Of Venues

Massachusetts Competitive Partnership President & CEO Dan O'Connell, who heads Boston 2024, on Friday said that Boston’s hopes to land the '24 Games "will hinge upon creating a 'compact' games, where venues would be either within walking distance of each other or accessible by mass transit ...

Tags: Olympics, USOC

10/14/14
Boston Mayor Changes Tune On Olympics Bid

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who "was initially noncommittal about the prospect of a Boston Olympics," has now said that he "believes it could help the city plan for its future and has begun to publicly champion the cause," according to Mark Arsenault of the BOSTON GLOBE. Walsh: "I'm cautiously enthus ...

Tags: Olympics

10/09/14
Boston Bid To Use Computer Model To Make Case

Organizers of Boston's bid to host the '24 Summer Games are trying to "win over skeptics" by "developing a high-tech tool to forecast the effects of potential sports venues and proposed transportation improvements, years before they are built," according to Mark Arsenault of the BOSTON GLOBE. Persua ...

Tags: Olympics

10/03/14
Could Oslo's Move Be Impetus For IOC Change?

Oslo pulling its bid for the '22 Games is something that "should not come as a shock" to the IOC but instead should "be a cattle prod to broad and meaningful change," according to Christopher Clarey of the N.Y. TIMES. Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, are the two remaining candidates to host the '22 ...

Tags: Olympics, IOC

10/02/14
IOC Won't Reopen Bid Process For '22 Games

IOC President Thomas Bach today said that the governing body will "not reopen the bidding process" for the '22 Winter Games after Oslo, Norway, withdrew yesterday and "left just two cities in the race," according to Stephen Wilson of the AP. Bach said the IOC is "sticking to its commitments." He a ...

Tags: Olympics, IOC

09/30/14
IOC To Make Hosts Sign Non-Discrimination Clause

The IOC has "added a long-overdue anti-discrimination clause to its host contract in the wake of Russia’s anti-gay law that was a controversial cloud over the Sochi Games," according to John Powers of the BOSTON GLOBE. While equal-rights language "already is in the Olympic Charter, it hasn&rsq ...

Tags: IOC, Olympics

09/29/14
USOC Pressing Forward With '24 Bid

The USOC “gave the clearest indication yet that it will make a pitch for the 2024 Summer Games, saying on Friday that next year it hoped to be in the final stages of preparing a bid,” according to Steve Keating of REUTERS. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun noted the idea of hosting the ‘24 ...

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09/19/14
Could DC Olympic Stadium Be 'Skins New Home?

Washington '24 exploratory committee Chair Russell Ramsey on Thursday said that he is "intrigued by the possibility that an Olympic stadium could be built on the RFK Stadium site, perhaps becoming the future home" of the Redskins, according to Jeff Barker of the Baltimore SUN. Ramsey: "When the owne ...

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09/18/14
Ted Leonsis, DC '24 Organizers Make Pitch

Organizers of the bid to bring the '24 Summer Games to DC have "taken their pitch public in recent weeks, making their case to elected officials, leaning on the advice of a seasoned political adviser and polling area residents for their support," according to O'Connell & DeBonis of the WASHINGTO ...

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09/16/14
Boston Could Have Edge In '24 Bid

Boston "has a potential edge" in the USOC's effort to land the '24 Summer Games, as it is "offering itself as a city with compact venues," according to John Powers of the BOSTON GLOBE. If the IOC, "decides that is what it wants, Boston is seen as a strong candidate." Boston "would probably gain an a ...

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