Los An­ge­les mayor, French pres­i­dent woo 2024-28 Olympic host vot­ers

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - GRA­HAM DUNBAR

The mayor of Los An­ge­les, Eric Garcetti, has told IOC lead­ers it “has been and could be again the ideal Olympic city.”

Garcetti led an L.A. del­e­ga­tion vis­it­ing the Olympic Mu­seum on Mon­day two hours ahead of the visit by France’s pres­i­dent, Em­manuel Macron, with a Paris bid team.

Both cities should be as­sured of host­ing the Sum­mer Games in 2024 or 2028 when the full In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee mem­ber­ship votes on Tuesday on mak­ing a dou­ble award in Septem­ber.

A fu­ture deal on which city hosts first in 2024 could be bro­kered by IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach and his ex­ec­u­tive board, whom Garcetti ad­dressed at the mu­seum. Mayor Garcetti in­vited them to “share the soul of L.A., to get the taste of the city that has been re­born.”

L.A.’s pre­vi­ous host­ing du­ties, in 1932 and 1984, were also “gameschang­ers” for the Olympics, Garcetti said.

“At this crazy moment in the world when so much is un­sure, let’s bring what we know to be true and good, and that is the Olympic move­ment,” the mayor said.

Still, Paris is widely viewed as favourite for 2024. It would also be Paris’ third host­ing and mark ex­actly 100 years since the pre­vi­ous edi­tion there. France’s new pres­i­dent is adding his star qual­ity to a cam­paign event that typ­i­cally does not lure heads of state.

On Tuesday, both can­di­date cities will ex­plain their host­ing plans in videos and on-stage pre­sen­ta­tions to up to 95 IOC mem­bers. They will ul­ti­mately vote to con­firm the hosts on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru.

Their choice could be lim­ited to sign­ing off on a con­sen­sus deal in­volv­ing two cities which were the last stand­ing af­ter oth­ers dropped out due to public op­po­si­tion.

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