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Patrick: Olympic bid would be 'great opportunity'

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By The Associated Press 

BOSTON (AP) _ Gov. Deval Patrick says word that Boston has been named as one of four finalists for a possible U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympics represents a ``great opportunity'' for Massachusetts.        

Patrick said Friday that he looked forward to the region putting together a plan for hosting the games, adding that it could help the state accomplish some of its goals for improving transportation.        

A special legislative commission that explored the feasibility of an Olympic bid said in a February report that Boston had experience in hosting international events, and the region already had many venues suitable for Olympic events.
The group ``No Boston Olympics'' says the money involved in bringing the games would be better spent on improving Massachusetts schools or public transportation systems.

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