BOSTON (WHDH) – The chairman for Boston 2024, John Fish, is asking the public for a little more time and just the opportunity to be heard.
“We’ve made some mistakes, there’s no doubt about that, but this is the first time ever anyone has put together anything this large and complex and we relish the opportunity to manage this with the public in a very thoughtful way,” Fish said.
Fish spoke to a receptive business crowd during breakfast Wednesday morning. A stark contrast to Tuesday’s public meeting, where the majority spoke out against hosting the Olympic summer games.
“The city needs to get its priorities in line and invest more money in the sciences, especially, so we can provide jobs for people,” said one person against Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid.
Fish admits he was caught off guard on Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal article that suggested the United States Olympic Committee was considering dropping Boston’s bid due to a lack of public support. The latest poll has the voter approval rate at 36%.
“I talked to Scott Blackmaun yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, who is the CEO of the U.S.O.C.,” Fish said. “Those were rumors out there and because it’s a sensitive issue, people just on those rumors relatively quickly.”
In a statement, the U.S.O.C. said it was committed to Boston, but a referendum will ultimately decide if the city moves forward.
Mo Cowan of ML Strategies told reporters, “If you go back and look over the history of the Olympic bids, there’s always support and opposition. That’s always been the case in every city, everywhere.”
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