Mayor Martin J. Walsh plans to travel Thursday to US Olympic headquarters in Colorado Springs for a meeting with leaders from the four US cities in the running to bid for the 2024 Summer Games.
Walsh will be part of a delegation meeting Thursday and Friday with leaders of the US Olympic Committee to discuss finances, infrastructure, and requirements for hosting the games.
“I think it’s a very interesting, unique idea,” Walsh said Wednesday. “I want to see what is the cost. I think short- and long-term implications of the games are going to be good for Boston.”
Walsh’s decision to personally attend the meeting Colorado Springs suggests that his administration is serious about competing for the Olympics. Walsh said he wanted to gauge the interest of the US Olympic Committee and the other three US cities named as potential 2024 hosts.
Walsh will be joined by his chief of staff, Daniel Arrigg Koh. They will meet Thursday and Friday with leaders of the US Olympic Committee.
The Associated Press reported that the US Olympic Committee has asked Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, and San Francisco to send up to four people each for what it described as a low-key, informative meeting. The leaders will tour the US Olympic Training Center and see the Olympic Committee’s new downtown offices. The US Olympic Committee is waiting until early next year before deciding whether to bid for the 2024 Games, which will be awarded in 2017. Other cities possibly in the running include Rome, Paris, Doha, and Istanbul.