POSTED: September 2nd 2015
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Olympics: LA 2024 receives unanimous support from LA City Council and readies to head to Lausanne officially submitting the bid

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launches the actual LA 2024 Olympic bid / Frederic J Brown AFP Getty Images
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launches the actual LA 2024 Olympic bid / Frederic J Brown AFP Getty Images

Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support the bid plan / Mark Ralston AFP Getty Images
Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support the bid plan / Mark Ralston AFP Getty Images

The flame was lit at the LA Coliseum to mark the bid launch to bring the Games back / Nidia Becerra photo
The flame was lit at the LA Coliseum to mark the bid launch to bring the Games back / Nidia Becerra photo

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Make no mistake, the Los Angeles 2024 bid is off and running. Bid leaders are packing to head directly to the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, to get the American candidate city on the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) official list two weeks before the deadline.

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously in favor of supporting the city's plans to launch its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. LA 2024 is attempting to bring back the Summer Games in the first time in 28 years to the United States. The bid was also endorsed by LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti, and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) board of directors.

The announcement took placed on the world-famous Santa Monica Beach at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Mayor Garcetti was joined by USOC CEO, Scott Blackmun; LA City Council President, Herb Wesson; LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman; USOC Chairman, Larry Probst; and numerous Paralympians and Olympians during the announcement ceremony. Serving as the master of ceremonies was a Legendary sportscaster, Al Michaels.

The beach was a perfect setting for the media conference as it has played an integral part of the city's culture and history, along with being essential in the development of existing and new sports in the city. Also, the beach has a significant role in the Games plan for LA 2024 as the city is looking to renew America's commitment to the Paralympic and Olympic Movements as well as engaging the new generation in sport.

In addition, at the heart of the LA 2024 bid is the athletes' experience and making sure its main principles fall in with Olympic Agenda 2020's recommendations. With that in mind, LA 2024 already has 85% of the proposed venues planned or in place for the Games and will have all five primary site clusters within 30 minutes of the Athlete's Village.

USOC CEO, Scott Blackmun stated, "We are thrilled to be partnering with Los Angeles as our U.S. bid city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

He added, "LA has the proven experience in hosting the Games and knows how to deliver world-class events for athletes and an extraordinary experience for fans. Coupled with the city's culture of creativity and innovation, we are confident LA can deliver an outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024."

"Today, I am proud to officially launch our bid in partnership with the USOC as we aim to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to the U.S. for the first time in 28 years," expressed Mayor Garcetti.

Mayor Garcetti continued saying, "It is an honor for any city to host the Olympic Games, and Los Angeles is uniquely prepared for this task. With the unanimous support of our City Council, we are ready to serve and strengthen the Olympic Movement and build a new Olympic legacy."

City Council President, Wesson commented, "We are excited at the prospect of bringing a historic third-Summer Olympic Games to Los Angeles, the perfect stage for a world-class celebration."

"The City Council, together with the public, has reviewed the Games plan and believes it will leave a positive legacy for generations to come. Angelenos are passionate about sports, and the chance to host the greatest global sports event is an opportunity we do not want to shrink from," said President Wesson.

LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman concluded, "LA is a truly Olympic city...Olympism is deeply rooted in the culture here, and it is part of our DNA. We live and breathe sport, and this is reflected in the vast amount of sports infrastructure we already have. We are very fortunate to be in the position to have so many world-class venues available to us as it has allowed us to develop a sustainable plan that aligns with the city's long-term vision and the IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020."

The official launch of LA 2024 comes two weeks ahead of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC's) deadline on September 15th for cities to formally submit their bids.

Mayor Garcetti, USOC Chairman Probst, USOC CEO Blackmun, and Chairman Wasserman will visit the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland to formally present the City of LA as the United States bid for the 2024 Games.

The US delegation is expected to arrive in Lausanne on Wednesday and will make the submission on Thursday. 

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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