Boston mayor refuses to sign host contract for 2024 Olympics

By The Associated Press 

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he won't sign a host city contract that is key to the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics without more assurances that taxpayers won't foot the bill.

Walsh made that announcement at a hastily called news conference Monday that coincided with Gov. Charlie Baker's meeting with the U.S. Olympic Committee.        

The USOC has made it clear that it needs full support of city and state leaders, and the Walsh announcement looks like a major blow to the bid.        

The USOC board was scheduled to confer after its meeting with Baker.        

Walsh said he was prepared to let the bid drop if he was forced to sign the contract before he received more assurances.        

“I'm not signing an agreement that's going to cost the taxpayers if there are overruns,'' he said. 

(C) The Associated Press 2015