LA ‘de­lighted’ with IOC re­port ver­dict

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Los An­ge­les 2024 chiefs yes­ter­day wel­comed an In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee re­port on the city’s bid for the Games ahead of a key meet­ing next week. The IOC Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion re­port lav­ished praise on Los An­ge­les and ri­val bid­der Paris, stat­ing there was “very lit­tle to sep­a­rate” the two bids.

Com­mis­sion chair­man Patrick Bau­mann said mem­bers of the IOC panel had de­scribed Los An­ge­les’s bid as “for­ward­look­ing,” “in­no­va­tive,” “vi­brant” and “cool”. LA 2024 chair­man Casey Wasser­man ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the IOC re­port in a state­ment.

“We are de­lighted that our ef­forts have res­onated so clearly with the IOC Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion,” Wasser­man said. “We are grate­ful to Eval­u­a­tion Com­mis­sion Chair­man Patrick Bau­mann and his col­leagues for their comprehensive, in­sight­ful ap­praisal of our bid.”

Wasser­man re­it­er­ated that the LA 2024 bid-which will make use of ex­ist­ing or al­ready planned venues and en­joys strong public sup­port-made it an “ideal Olympic city and an ideal part­ner for the IOC right now.”

The com­mis­sion’s re­port will be the key ref­er­ence doc­u­ment for IOC mem­bers in the lead-up to the 2024 Can­di­date City Brief­ing on July 11-12 in Lau­sanne. The fi­nal vote to de­cide the 2024 hosts is sched­uled to take place dur­ing the 131st IOC ses­sion in Lima on Septem­ber 13.

The IOC has rec­om­mended that host­ing rights for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics be awarded at the same time at Septem­ber’s meet­ing in Peru, in or­der to ex­ploit the can­di­da­cies of Paris and Los An­ge­les. Paris is widely seen as be­ing the front-run­ner for the 2024 Games, which fall on the 100th an­niver­sary of the 1924 Olympics in the city, the last time the French cap­i­tal staged the Games, hav­ing also hosted the 1900 edi­tion. Los An­ge­les has staged the Olympics twice be­fore, in 1932 and 1984. —AFP

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