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