WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Former District of Columbia mayor Anthony Williams and former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue are among the leaders of a group vying to bring the Olympics to Washington in 2024.
The nonprofit Washington 2024 announced the names of 17 board members on Thursday, and also launched a new website to drum up support for the city’s bid.
In addition to Williams and Tagliabue, proponents of the city’s bid include businesswoman Sheila Johnson, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner and chef Jose Andres.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley also jumped on board Thursday.
“I’m excited to join Gov. McAuliffe and Mayor Gray to support the National Capital Region’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics,” O’Malley said in a statement.
Washington is one of four U.S. finalists to bid for the 2024 Olympics, along with Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The U.S. Olympic Committee will decide early next year whether to pursue a bid for the games and would select a city at that time.
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