Donald Trump and 2024 Olympic bid committee logo. Photo by Chris Stone
Donald Trump and 2024 Olympic bid committee logo. Photo by Chris Stone

Will Donald Trump’s presidential win threaten Los Angeles’ chances of snagging the 2024 Olympics?

Before the election, there had been concerns expressed by some people in the Olympics community that Trump’s controversial statements could irritate decision makers from other nations.

But members of the local group working to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles Wednesday tried to make the best of the surprise victory, congratulating Donald Trump and expressing hope the president-elect will support their bid.

“LA 2024 congratulates President-elect Donald J. Trump and appreciates his longstanding support of the Olympic movement in the United States,” according to an LA 2024 statement. “We strongly believe the Olympics and LA 2024 transcend politics and can help unify our diverse communities and our world.”

In the weeks before the election, there were concerns that a Trump presidency could threaten Los Angeles’ chance for hosting the 2024 Olympics because some of his statements during the campaign may have offended some female, Islamic and Latin American members of the International Olympic Committee, which is tasked with choosing host cities.

Dick Pound, a Canadian member of the IOC, told the Associated Press Wednesday that Trump’s statements “may have” offended many of his colleagues on the 98-member committee. He said that some of their members may want Trump to personally lobby them for their votes.

Los Angeles is competing against Paris and Budapest to host the Olympics in 2024. The IOC is expected to make its decision by late 2017.

—City News Service

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