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Boston releases promotional video ahead of USOC selection on candidate city for 2024 Olympics


Boston has released a new video featuring a diverse group of “Bostonians by choice” explaining why they love the city and why they want to see the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games there.

The video comes just a day before the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selects which city it will put forward as a candidate to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C are the other three potential candidate cities.

The video, entitled “Believe in Boston”, brings together a range of Bostonians who explain why they love to live in Boston and why it will be a great host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Featured in the video is Tommy Amaker, head coach of Harvard men’s basketball team; Cheri Blauwet, a sports doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and a seven-time Paralympic medallist; Roger Brown, President of Berklee School of Music; Joi Ito, director of MIT Media Lab; Steve Moundou-Missi, junior at Harvard College and a forward on Harvard men’s basketball team; and Israel Ruiz, executive vice-president and treasurer of MIT.

Having come to Boston from different areas of the United States, and across the world, to study, perform, learn, and teach, the six speakers highlight what they believe makes Boston such a great city not only to live in, but also to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The United States confirmed its intention to bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games on December 16 but chose to hold their decision on a potential host city.

Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C had all made presentations to the USOC Board in Redwood City, California, and it was widely expected they would anoint a candidate following that.

But USOC chairman Larry Probst revealed they had decided not to announce a decision until at least a month later to give themselves more time.

Scott Blackmun, the USOC chief executive, claimed that all the cities who had made presentations on the day were in a “four-way tie” and there was no front-runner.

San Francisco has since had its efforts dented somewhat after San Francisco Bay Area activists formed a coalition opposing a bid for the Games.

The USOC are expected to announce their decision at the Denver International Airport tomorrow before flying overnight to the successful candidate city where they will hold a press conference.

This article was republished with permission from the original publisher, insidethegames.

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