Missing out on his one chance to finally put New York City on the map and draw a few tourists, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration has announced that it will not support a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, the Journal reports. The city lost out to London in a bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the architect of that plan, former deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff, along with Governor Andrew Cuomo, recently announced that a 2024 bid could be in the works. With de Blasio putting the kibosh on that, the most likely course of action is that Doctoroff retreats into a secret lair and turns himself into an Olympics-obsessed supervillain named Dr. Off.
De Blasio's reasons for eschewing the Olympics (unlike his predecessor, who was very into the idea) include the obvious: New York City isn't exactly hurting for name recognition, as deputy mayor for housing and economic development Alicia Glen pointed out, as well as the also obvious: having to build a bunch of stadiums would distract from the administration's actual development agenda.
The administration has yet to rule out 2028, however. Somewhere deep underground, Dr. Off laughs, evilly. "They will be mine," he cackles to no one in particular. "They will be mine."
· New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Decides Against Bid to Host 2024 Olympics [WSJ]
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