Trump speaks with Bach to ex­press sup­port for LA Olympic bid

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump has spo­ken by phone with the head of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee to voice his sup­port for Los An­ge­les’ bid to host the 2024 Games.

The Los An­ge­les bid com­mit­tee says on Twit­ter that Trump spoke with IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach “to ex­press his strong sup­port” for the Olympics and for the city’s “plans to host a great Games.”

Los An­ge­les, which is com­pet­ing against Paris and Bu­dapest, Hun­gary, is seek­ing to bring the Sum­mer Olympics back to the U.S. for the first time since At­lanta hosted the 1996 Games. The IOC will se­lect the host city on Sept. 13, 2017, in Lima, Peru.

Trump spoke with Los An­ge­les Mayor Eric Garcetti last week and told him he sup­ported the Olympic bid.

U.S. Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix sought to al­lay any IOC con­cerns about Trump’s elec­tion in a speech to Olympic del­e­gates last month in Doha, Qatar, say­ing: “Please don’t doubt us. Amer­ica’s di­ver­sity is our great­est strength.”

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