John Fish, the businessman at the head of Boston’s failed bid for the 2024 Olympics says he has no regrets about trying to bring the Summer Games to the Mass. capital, he tells The Boston Globe.
“What I have learned and have taken away from this is: Day one, the public needs to be in, and probably more importantly should be consulted on all aspects of a planning process,” Fish said. “Would I do it all over again? Absolutely.”
Fish was named Bostonian of the Year by The Globe alongside Chris Dempsey, who headed the No Boston Olympics coalition.
Boston mayor Marty Walsh said he would not put taxpayers at risk by signing a contract with the United States Olympic Committee and would drop the city’s bid to host the Summer Games in 2024. Boston withdrew its bid in July.
Los Angeles, host of the 1932 and 1984 Games, has taken the place of Boston as the USOC’s candidate city. The race to host the 2024 Olympics is down to four cities: Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome. The host city will be selected at the 2017 International Olympic Committee Session in Lima, Peru.
The United States has not hosted a summer Olympics since 1996.
- Christopher Chavez