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Thanks to Rio’s victory and Barack Obama saying “Yes we can’t” for Chicago’s bid, the floodgates are already pouring open with cities hoping to get into running to host the 2020 games. Among those throwing their ball caps into the ring is our very own Beantown. The Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Tourism Committee is “considering a bill that would create a commission to study the feasibility of hosting a Summer Olympic Games.” Bureaucracy as usual from any politician that is technically alive, but other cities aren’t in a much better position at the moment.
Representative Paul Frost noted that it would be “closer to decades than years” before Boston is ready to host the games, meaning we are fortunate it will be more than a decade until the 2020 games. He also notes that involving all of New England will help Boston’s chances by splitting the work to prepare a hosting bid and provide additional venues for soccer and other similar stadium games. We even have the Boston Marathon’s route to follow for the Olympic marathons. Add a few baseball stadiums and Gillette Stadium, not to mention the wealth of college stadiums and fields in the Boston area, and we definitely have a great place with epic sports fans to host the games.
Tel Aviv and Ramat Hasharon, Israel, are considering teaming together to prepare a bid to host the 2048 Summer Olympics in honor of Israel’s 100th anniversary.