L.A. mayor, French pres­i­dent woo IOC for Sum­mer Games host role

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Gra­ham Dun­bar

LAUSANNE, SWITZER­LAND» The pres­i­dent of France spoke of a world need­ing Olympic val­ues. The mayor of Los An­ge­les said his home­town could again be the “ideal Olympic city.”

Em­manuel Macron and Eric Garcetti of­fered a vi­sion Mon­day at the Olympic Mu­seum of why Paris and Los An­ge­les should host the Sum­mer Games. Both want the Games in 2024; one will have to ac­cept 2028.

In sep­a­rate vis­its two hours apart, Macron and Garcetti each shared a stage — and later a hug — with In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Thomas Bach. Tues­day, Bach’s hope that both can­di­dates will win one of two Olympic host­ing roles should be ful­filled.

The full IOC mem­ber­ship will first see both can­di­date cities present their host­ing plans for 2024. Then, the mem­bers will prob­a­bly en­dorse Bach’s pro­posal to award two Sum­mer Games at once when they next meet Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru.

“This will cre­ate a win-win­win sit­u­a­tion for L.A., Paris and the en­tire Olympic move­ment,” the IOC pres­i­dent said, stand­ing be­side Garcetti.

There is lit­tle doubt both cities can be cel­e­brat­ing by lateafter­noon Tues­day.

Still, a deal to de­cide which will host first, and which must wait four more years should take longer to re­solve.

Paris is widely viewed as the fa­vorite for 2024, its third Olympic host role ex­actly 100 years since the pre­vi­ous edition there.

Macron brought his star qual­ity to the Olympic cap­i­tal city to open a bid cam­paign event that typ­i­cally does not lure heads of state.

Even the rain that be­gan fall­ing as the Paris del­e­ga­tion ar­rived at the mu­seum al­lowed Macron to shine.

The charis­matic French pres­i­dent held his own um­brella that helped keep his wife, Brigitte, dry on the walk up dozens of steps through land­scaped gar­dens, past Olympic-themed statutes to a photo call at the en­trance.

Af­ter a one-hour visit, Macron talked of the Olympic Games’ place in a trou­bled world to “bring friend­ship be­tween na­tions.”

“We need the val­ues of peace, lib­erty and tol­er­ance that the Olympic move­ment il­lus­trates and em­bod­ies strongly,” he said in a four-minute speech.

IOC mem­bers will ul­ti­mately vote in Lima to con­firm the host roles for 2024 and 2028.

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