D.C. will remain a distant spectator in 2024 Summer Olympics

Had you been hoping to watch the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games in Washington, D.C.? If so, that hope is one to put on hold as Boston, M.A. has received the U.S. Olympic Committee’s bid to host the 2024 games.

“We’re excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid,” said Committee Chair Larry Probst.

D.C., along with other cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston, had all been vying for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s bid to host the 2024 summer games.

The prospect allowed for a fairly intense debate over the last several weeks since the Washington 2024 Committee convened to discuss its desire for the bid to host the games.

Concern was also divulged from different politicians including that of Washington City Paper’s Aaron Weiner and Mike Madden—both of whom published master lists of why D.C. receiving the bid would cause a slew of public problems—including the cost of building new facilities to house the games.

Though the games are not to be hosted locally, the prospect has perhaps opened the eyes of leading officials to issues for D.C. leaders to consider.

As DCist reported, Muriel Bowser, D.C. mayor, said that, “all was not lost [in losing the bid], however. We must build on the tremendous regional and federal cooperation embodied in the D.C. 2024 Olympic bid, in focusing on the big issues facing our region—transportation, affordable housing and expanding job opportunities for residents in the District of Columbia.”

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