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Thursday night, the U.S. Olympic Committee selected Boston as bid city for the 2024 Olympics.

At a news conference Friday morning, John Fish — chairman of Boston 2024 and chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction Company — questioned why the Olympics wouldn't be held in Boston.

"The world sends its youth to Boston to be educated," said Fish. "The world sends its sick to Boston to be healed. The world sends its great minds to Boston to innovate. The world sends businesses from all over to invest. Why don't we send the world's greatest athletes to compete in Boston?"

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Fred Bever, WBUR reporter. He tweets @FredBeverNHPR.

Chris Dempsey, co-founder of No Boston Olympics, which tweets @NoBosOlympics.

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WBUR: Walsh Promises ‘Most Transparent’ Olympic Bid Process In History

  • "Amid complaints from some critics that Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics has been secretive, Mayor Marty Walsh made a pledge Friday: 'I promise this will be the most open, inclusive and transparent process in Olympic history,' he said."

The Boston Globe: Instead Of Saying No, Let’s Try Being Open To Olympics Possibility

  • "They said we couldn’t clean up Boston Harbor. They said we couldn’t take down the Central Artery and build a third tunnel. They said we couldn’t host a Democratic National Convention. They said we couldn’t win the World Series. Actually, 'they' was largely 'we.' Where would we be if we listened to our naysaying selves?"

This segment aired on January 9, 2015.

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