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New York nixes 2024 Olympics bid

Published on May 29, 2014 12:49 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - New York mayor Bill de Blasio has nixed any possibility the Big Apple could bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, a member of his staff confirmed Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the administration decided not to pursue the Games after looking at the pros and cons, and a spokesman confirmed the veracity of the article to AFP.

Mr De Blasio had said he would consider the Olympics but Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, told the Journal that top officials decided it "doesn't make sense". While many cities bid for the Games because it brings recognition and boosts tourism, New York already has buckets of fame and last year attracted a record 54 million visitors. The city has never hosted the Games.

Ms Glen told the Journal that top officials feared an Olympic bid would distract from Mr de Blasio's economic-development agenda and that it could lead to neglect of some parts of the city.

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