POSTED: May 28th 2015

The Boston 2024 Olympic bid team team visits the IOC taking advantage of the 'Invitation Phase'

Boston 2024 delegation outside the Olympic Museum in Lausanne © Boston 2024
Boston 2024 delegation outside the Olympic Museum in Lausanne © Boston 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Newly appointed Boston 2024 Chair, Steve Pagliuca, led a high-level delegation to visit the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Headquarters in Lausanne, yesterday. The Boston 2024 delegation was able to take advantage of the "Invitation Phase," while learning about the bid process from the IOC. The delegation was also able to gain insight on how to deliver the best plan for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The three major Boston 2024 stakeholders, which included the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the bid committee, and the City of Boston, were represented during the meetings. The delegation included Richard Davey, Boston 2024 CEO; Paige Scott Reed, Boston 2024 General Counsel; Christa Carone, Boston 2024 Chief Marketing Officer; Erin Murphy Rafferty, Boston COO & Chief Bid Officer; Doug Arnot, Boston 2024 Senior Adviser & Chief Games Officer; and Roger Crandall, Boston 2024 Vice-Chair.

In addition, Larry Probst III, USOC Chairman and IOC member; Scott Blackmun, USOC CEO; Patrick Sandusky, USOC Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer; Angela Ruggiero, IOC Member from the United States of America; and John Fitzgerald, Director of Olympic Operations for the City of Boston Redevelopment Authority who attended on the behalf of Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, supported the bid.

The delegation visited the Olympic Museum in the morning, then headed to the Olympic Headquarters where they attended a series of meetings. The meetings were attended by Jacqueline Barrett, IOC Associate Director of Olympic Games and Head of Bid City Relations, and Christophe Dubi, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, among others. As part of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms, the "Invitation Phase" has allowed the delegation a chance to take advantage of the advice the IOC can give about the bidding process. They were given the opportunity to learn how Olympic Agenda 2020 can help to deliver a successful Games for the athletes, which fits perfectly with the city's overall long-term planning.

Following the broadening of expertise in the leadership support for the Boston 2024 bid, the meeting has added a sense of momentum to the effort. Also added, is a sense of completion of the next phase of the Games Concept, which by the end of June will be released.

Larry Probst III, USOC Chairman and IOC Member stated, "The USOC is fully committed to bringing the Olympic Games back to the United States. We are privileged and excited to be in Lausanne with our partners - the Boston 2024 bid team and the City of Boston. The new Invitation Phase is a well-conceived initiative of President Thomas Bach, which allows us to tap into the vast experience and expertise of the IOC."

"Our delegation was honored to engage with key members of the IOC administration today. We are very grateful to the IOC for giving us the opportunity to meet with them and learn about how Olympic Agenda 2020 will help us both deliver a great Games and align with the city's vision for 2030. We are committed to collaborating with all our key stakeholders to deliver the very best possible bid that will ensure long-term benefits for the city of Boston and the Olympic Movement," commented Steve Pagliuca, Boston 2024 Chairman.

Pagliuca said, "Visiting the Olympic Museum this morning was a truly inspiring experience and only heightened our passion to host the Games," said Roger Crandall.  "It really reinforced the magic and unity of the Olympic Games and we humbly hope that one day photographs and memorabilia from Boston 2024 will take their place on display in the museum."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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