Critics of Boston Olympic bid aren’t impressed with expected changes


The Boston skyline on Jan. 6, 2012.

(Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)

A reported shakeup in the leadership of Boston’s troubled Olympic bid hasn’t mollified critics who oppose hosting the 2024 Summer Games in Massachusetts’ capital city.

Boston 2024 is expected to replace its chairman, businessman John Fish, with Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, according to the Boston Globe.

The Boston effort, which narrowly beat out a competing Los Angeles submission to be the sole U.S. bid, has struggled to gain support from residents.

“A change in leadership doesn’t change the fact that the bid requires building the three most expensive Olympic venues from scratch,” a group called No Boston Olympics said in a statement. “Boston 2024 remains a risky deal that asks taxpayers to foot the bill for cost overruns.”


Hamburg and Rome will try for the Games, and Paris has taken significant steps toward entering the race.

The International Olympic Committee is to select a host city in 2017.

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