U.S. Olympic Committee chooses Boston for 2024 bid

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BOSTON, Mass. - Some call it 'Beantown,' while others call it 'The Cradle of Liberty.' The city of Boston has many names, and now you can call it an Olympic hopeful.

The U.S. Olympic Committee has chosen Boston as the American city to bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

"We are being seen as a world-class Olympic city now, and there's not many people who can say that and Boston's one of them," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

Boston beat out Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. However, not everyone is celebrating. Naysayers have a laundry list of reasons Boston is a terrible choice, including infrastructure and transportation concerns, the lack of a main stadium and the outrageous costs.

"Every Olympics since 1960 has gone over budget and had a cost overrun," said Chris Dempsey, Co-chair for No Boston Olympics, "We think the same thing is going to happen here, and taxpayers will be on the hook for it."

You can bet there will be a lot of back-and-forth on this until the International Olympic Committee decides on a host city in 2017.

Other potential cities include Rome, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg and Istanbul.

After the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the city's mantra became 'Boston Strong,' so at the very least, the 'City of Champions' deserves to be in the running.


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