Gov. Martin O’Malley on Thursday put his support behind efforts to bring the 2024 Olympics to the greater Washington-D.C. area.
The term-limited governor added his voice to that of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in backing the endeavor, which could cost billions if approved.
Washington is competing with Boston, New York and San Francisco to convince officials with U.S. Olympic Committee that the city is the country’s best shot at winning the games on an international stage.
In a statement, O’Malley touted the Summer 2024 Olympics as a way to create jobs and spur innovation in Maryland, and he spoke in lofty terms about the benefits of hosting the games.
“As one of the greatest sporting events our world has ever known, the Olympics is one of the best diplomatic tools we have to transcend the walls that divide us and provide a spark of hope for the next generation,” said O’Malley, a Democrat. “Hosting the Olympics will foster a lasting sports, tourism and cultural legacy for our nation while also highlighting Maryland and the capital region’s seamless coordination, strength, diversity, and vibrancy on the ultimate global stage.”
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