Near Mayor Muriel Bowser will be on hand next week as the D.C. area makes a pitch for the Olympics, thanks to some scheduling changes from her D.C. Council colleagues.
The D.C. 2024 bid committee plans to make its final argument for a D.C. area Olympics to the U.S. Olympic Committee in Redwood City, Calif., this Tuesday. But until recently, that was the same day as the the final Council legislative meeting of the year. At the request of District Olympic boosters, though, the meeting has been moved to Wednesday, meaning Bowser will be there as D.C. 2024 tries to surpass rival committees from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston.
Despite traveling to the meeting and appearing in a pro-Olympics video, though, Bowser transition spokesman Joaquin McPeek claims that the mayor-elect isn’t on board for just any Olympic deal. According to McPeek, Bowser wants to see some sort of lasting benefit from hosting the Olympics, like the affordable-housing boost London received after 2012.
“It’s got to make sense for the city, and it’s got to have some long-term impact,” McPeek says.
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