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Boston 2024 calls for statewide referendum for Olympic bid

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Boston 2024 will only continue with its Olympic bid if a majority of people in Massachusetts and in Boston support the bid in a statewide referendum proposed for November 2016.

“What that is saying is that: let the voters vote -- not just the voters of Boston -- but a referendum statewide,” Boston 2024 chairman John Fish said, according to the Boston Herald. “What we will commit to is if the statewide referendum passes but the voting bloc in Boston doesn’t want the Olympics, we won’t host the Olympics.”

A Boston radio station survey of 504 registered voters in the city area resulted in 36 percent support earlier this month, down from 44 percent in February and 51 percent in January in similar polls from the same radio station.

“The success of our bid for the Olympics depends on the support of residents, and we should only move forward in a way that will bring the greatest benefit to the city and its neighborhoods,’’ Boston mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement. “Over the next year, I encourage residents to engage in a conversation to learn more about what the Olympics could mean for Boston and the entire Commonwealth, and to put forward any suggestions or concerns.’’

The deadline to submit 2024 bids to the International Olympic Committee is Sept. 15. IOC members will vote to choose the 2024 Olympic host city in 2017.

Rome and Hamburg, Germany, are other confirmed bidders. Paris may also bid to host the Games on the 100-year anniversary of its 1924 Olympics.

Boston beat out Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., in a U.S. Olympic Committee decision to choose a 2024 U.S. bid city in January.

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