Artist conception of track and field venue at L.A. Memorial Coliseum at 2024 Olympics. Image via la24.org

The delegation leading Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 or ’28 Summer Olympics is in Lausanne, Switzerland to prepare for a major presentation to the Olympic committee on Tuesday.

The group includes Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman, CEO Gene Sykes and Vice Chairs Janet Evans and Candace Cable.

They will attempt to persuade the entire membership of the International Olympic Committee with a “comprehensive” 45-minute presentation on Tuesday. The meeting will include a 30-minute Q&A session, and also will be attended by the presidents of the international summer sports federations, LA 2024 officials said Sunday.

“This is LA 2024’s first opportunity to present our vision for the Games to all of the IOC members together and we could not be more excited,” Wasserman said. “I hope that all the members will share our excitement for a high-tech, low-risk and truly sustainable Games for a new era.”

Larry Probst, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee and a member of the IOC, was similarly bullish on L.A.’s prospects.

“LA 2024 is the United States’ third bid in the last 10 years, and it is without a doubt the strongest,” Probst said. “I believe that my colleagues on the IOC will leave our presentation on Tuesday absolutely confident in the strength of our plan, the rigor of our budget and the unparalleled quality of our offer to the athletes of the world.”

Los Angeles is competing with Paris to host the 2024 Games, although the IOC will select host cities for both the ’24 and ’28 Summer Games at its meeting in Lima, Peru, in September.

–City News Service

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.