Push to make “Boston” games, “Commonwealth” games

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Shadows of organizers and reporters pass a video display screen prior to a news conference by organizers of Boston’s campaign for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The organizers released their “bid book,” which will give new insight into the vision behind the Games proposal. Boston was picked by the USOC […]

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The push continues for the Boston 2024 Summer Olympics bid to expand to western Massachusetts.

Congressman Richard Neal recently proposed putting some Olympic events in the City of Holyoke (volleyball), the Basketball Hall of Fame, and along theDeerfield River (whitewater rafting).

Organizers orginally wanted to make the Boston Olympics the most walkable games in history, but they are considering expanding.

22News spoke with Richard Sullivan, CEO of Economic Development Council Of Western Massachusetts about bringing part of the games beyond Boston.

“I think at the end of the day, these will be Commonwealth games, while there needs to be connections and transportation has to be smart, for it to work for the Commonwealth there has to be economic benefits for the entire Commonwealth,” said Sullivan.

Boston still has to win the bid to host the games.  That decision by the International Olympic Committee is expected sometime during the summer of 2017.

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