The possibility of Boston earning the right to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, in the wake of a recent overture from the US Olympic Committee, has garnered more attention than is necessary at this stage of what will be a long selection process. The requirements to host the games are daunting, and the final decision will be made by the International Olympic Committee, which hasn’t been particularly kind to US cities in recent selections. But it would also be premature for Boston’s leaders to reject the USOC’s invitation before making a serious assessment of feasibility or cost. A chance to host the Olympics is unique and too rare to pass up without further consideration.
Civic, sports, and business leaders have already approached the mayor about their interest; a private group has been formed to help decide whether the city could or should assume the transportation and infrastructure commitments of hosting an Olympics. The initial go-ahead will have to come from the mayor, but the USOC also asks that other local leaders be willing to support the effort, which would include mayors and city managers from surrounding cities, and the governor of Massachusetts.