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Patrick, Walsh to meet with 2024 Boston Olympics supporters

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Governor Deval Patrick are expected to meet on Monday with a group pushing for the 2024 Summer Olympics being held in the Hub

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Deval Patrick are expected to meet on Monday with a group of athletes and advocates pushing for the 2024 Summer Olympics to be held in the Hub.

Thirty Olympic athletes from Massachusetts, including figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, will join the pair at ping-pong hot spot Blazing Paddleson Lansdowne Street to garner support for the Boston Olympic bid.

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In June, Boston was selected by the United States Olympic Committee as one of four candidate cities for a potential bid to host the 2024 Games.

Walsh and Patrick have both previously voiced support of the idea.

"Boston is known across the world for its sports prowess and this impressive group of Massachusetts-bred Olympians is a testament to our sporting spirit," Walsh said in an emailed statement Thursday.

"I look forward to joining Gov. Patrick to meet these incredibly accomplished and inspiring athletes and hear their thoughts on Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Games. My hope is that regardless of the outcome, the Boston 2024 effort will promote a better long-term relationship with our local Olympic heroes," Walsh said.

Supporters have argued that holding the Games in Boston would act as a catalyst for infrastructure growth in the region. Last week, a group called No Boston Olympics released a report that claimed hosting the massive event could cost between $10 billion and $20 billion.

The United States Olympic Committee's will choose whether to pursue a Boston bid next year. The 2024 Summer Olympics host will be chosen in 2017.

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