- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—What’s next for the major players in Boston’s derailed 2024 Olympics bid:

Mayor Martin J. Walsh

No longer saddled with the unpopular proposal, with the potential for cost overruns that could have sunk his administration, Walsh can now focus on governing, with long-term planning projects such as his Imagine Boston 2030 proposal.

Governor Charlie Baker

His own inauguration was overshadowed by the USOC’s bid award to Boston the same day. Now Baker can continue his long list of reforms, such as fixing the troubled MBTA, without interference from Olympic stakeholders who wanted to drive that train.

Los Angeles

If the City of Angels can get organized quickly — and officials there say they can — L.A. will go from rejected host-city has-been to serious Olympic contender.

U.S. Olympic Committee

Boston’s refusal to give the USOC a blank taxpayer check could set a new standard, making it hard to convince other major U.S. cities that committing to massive construction and infrastructure upgrades is really worth it.

International Olympic Committee

The IOC already sports a reputation for making over-the-top demands of host cities. The 2022 Winter Games will either be hosted in China or Kazakhstan — the only countries that bothered to bid. The backlash may only build if the IOC doesn’t change its ways.

European Olympic bid cities

Rome, Paris and Hamburg may feel better about their chances of winning the games while watching the rancorous debate play out in Boston. But now those cities may end up competing against tried-and-tested Los Angeles — and 2024 will mark 28 long years since the U.S. hosted the Summer Games.


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