The United States Olympic Committee has chosen Boston to be its entry in a global competition to host the 2024 Olympic Games, putting its faith in an old city that is brand new to the Olympic movement.
The USOC announced Thursday after a meeting at Denver International Airport that it will back Bostonâ€™s Olympic bid over those from San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and two-time Olympic host Los Angeles.
With the vote, Boston vaults into an unfamiliar, high-profile position on the international sports stage. During the next two-and-a-half years, it will be part of a competition that could include some of the most significant cities in the world: Paris, Rome, Hamburg or Berlin, Budapest, and Istanbul. There could be competition from South Africa, from Doha in Qatar, from Baku in Azerbaijan, and from other cities or regions attracted by new rules intended to make it easier to host the Games. A winner will be chosen in 2017.
Scott Blackmun, USOC chief executive, said that the decision was â€œgut-wrenchingâ€ for the panel but that Boston came out on top in part due to the business people and elected officials who drove the effort.
â€œOne of the great things about the Boston bid was that the bid leadership and the political leadership were on the same page,â€ Blackmun said, in an exclusive Globe interview at the Denver airport.
So Boston becomes the latest city to strive to go deeply into debt to build host a corrupt games. Â Hilariously the say that it will be a privately funded games. Â No public money needed. Â Iâ€™ll believe it when I see it.