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New York (dpa) - Boston‘s Olympic bid committee has promised that the city‘s bid to host the 2024 Olympics will move forward only if there‘s substantial public support, local media reported Monday.

The committee told the Boston Globe it was open for a statewide referendum to establish whether residents are behind the city‘s Olympic bid.

It also took out full page ads in Boston newspapers promising the bid would not go fowards unless "a majority of people in Massachusetts support bidding."

The US Olympic Committee announced Boston as its country candidate in January.

"We‘re only in this if we have a majority with us," Richard Davey, chief executive of the bid committee, told the Boston Globe newspaper.

"It‘s clear we have to find a measure to show that support. How we measure, we‘re open to that."

According to the latest poll by local public radio station WBUR, only 36 per cent of Boston-area voters support Boston‘s Olympic bid, while 52 per cent oppose.

Bids for hosting the 2024 Olympics must be submitted to the International Olympic Committee by September 15.

Boston will face confirmed bidders Hamburg and Rome, while others including Paris, Istanbul and Doha are also expected to join the race. The IOC will decide the 2024 host city at its September 2017 session in Lima.

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