Venues on show as Olympic officials inspect LA bid

Postado Mai 15, 2017

But there is a lot that International Olympic Committee members won't see as they visit Los Angeles this week in the run-up to a September decision on whether LA or Paris will get the 2024 Games.

Casey Wasserman, chairman of the LA2024 campaign, hosted 70 members of the International Olympic Committee at his home on Wednesday night (10May17) in an effort to convince them Los Angeles is the ideal choice to take on the future sporting event. However, the strength of the two bids is why the International Olympic Committee is now considering a joint bid for the first time, awarding 2024 to one city - probably Paris - and 2028 to the other.

Paris and Los Angeles in the United States are the two remaining candidate cities for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

EUROPEAN ATHLETICS President Svein Arne Hansen has endorsed the Paris 2024 bid for the Olympic Games.

Los Angeles 2024 bid leaders rebuffed suggestions they were ready to wait until 2028 to host the Olympics as a team of International Olympic Committee delegates toured proposed venues.

The IOC delegation visit comes just four months ahead of a September 13 vote in Lima that will decide the race. Paris 2024 shares his vision of an ambitious country open to the world that shares Olympic values.

"There are things that bring us together and this is one of them", the mayor said.

Garcetti has said a "transport revolution" was underway in a city as well-known for its gridlock as the sun and surf.

Describing Los Angeles as "an incredible Olympic city", the IOC commission wrapped up its four days in Southern California on Friday with commission chairman Patrick Baumann acknowledging "in L.A. there is no major risk that we can highlight".

When former President Barack Obama traveled to Copenhagen in October 2009 to speak in favor of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Games, IOC members were miffed by the high level of security they had to pass to attend the meeting, which included bomb-sniffing dogs, Olympic sources told Reuters this week.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, meanwhile, has also been named chair of a Solideo Committee responsible for delivering all facilities and venues necessary to host the Olympics and Paralympics.

"A good team reflects good leadership and that is certainly the case with the dynamic duo that is at the top of Los Angeles 2024", Baumann said.

Among the 44 members added on Friday to the commission, whose aim is to ensure athletes are involved in all aspects of the city's plans and bid for the Games, were Olympic champions Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Ashton Eaton and Nastia Liukin. "We saw that the 1984 Games, whether it was venues or people, impacted their lives". The IOC Evaluation Commission will head to rival Paris next week.

The last time Los Angeles hosted, in 1984, the home shoal dominated in the pool, with 21 gold atop 34 medals, Canada, West Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Great Britain and France following on the table.