ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Governor Martin O'Malley says he is throwing his support for Washington D.C.’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
He is among many high profile leaders and business people backing the bid, including Under Armour founder Kevin Plank, who is on the "Washington 2024" board. The board launched a website, DC2024.org , Thursday in support of the bid.
Here is O’Malley’s statement on the bid:
“I'm excited to join [Virginia] Gov. [Terry] McAuliffe and [Washington] Mayor [Vincent] Gray to support the National Capital Region's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Here in Maryland, we're focused on doing the things that work to create jobs, spur innovation and expand opportunity.
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. 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.”
Unlike the region’s last attempt to get the Olympics for 2012, D.C. is taking the lead.
However, both Maryland and Virginia would be needed to make the bid viable, said Terry Hasseltine, director of the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing. He added that Maryland has many venues and hotels that could be utilized in the bid, including the Camden Yards complex, FedEx Field and the University of Maryland.
But one sports economist says if he were governor, he'd want to make sure Maryland is getting something in return in exchange for contributing what would be a large chunk of change to host the games.
Washington is one of four finalists looking to host the games in the U.S. A national committee would choose the city next year and the International Olympic Committee would make the final selection.