Friday September 5th, 2014

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and former Washington D.C. mayor Anthony Williams are among 17 board members of a nonprofit organization trying to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the District of Columbia, according to the Associated Press.

Other board members of Washington 2024 include Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner.

“When you think about it,” Russ Ramsey, chairman of the Washington 2024 committee said to the Washington Post. “Washington is not just the nation’s capital but really an unbelievably international city — 184 languages [spoken], 176 embassies [and] over 20 percent of the region is foreign-born now. It’s an opportunity to really have a transformative event for the nation’s capital."

Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco are also bidding to host the games.  A decision on whether to bid for the games will be announced next year. The last American city to hold the Summer Olympics was Atlanta in 1996. 

- Scooby Axson

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