POSTED: September 15th 2015

Olympics: The LA 2024 bid kicks off their lobbying in Las Vegas at World Wrestling World Championships

(L to R) Rich Bender, CEO of US Wrestling, IOC member and USOC President, Larry Probst, and Casey Wasserman, Chairman of LA 2024 / LA 2024
(L to R) Rich Bender, CEO of US Wrestling, IOC member and USOC President, Larry Probst, and Casey Wasserman, Chairman of LA 2024 / LA 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) They may be new to the 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid campaign but they have already hit the road as LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman and USOC Chairman Larry Probst started their international lobbying at the United World Wrestling's (UWW) 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas.

Los Angeles is competing against Budapest, Hamburg, Rome and Paris so far in a race that will be defined tonight as the deadline looms for candidate application letters to join the race.

After wrestling was reinstated on the Olympic program, one of the oldest sports in the history of the Games, recently in Kuala Lumpur at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session, the president, Nenad Lalovic, was named as IOC Member.

"I would like to congratulate United World Wrestling and their President Nenad Lalovic on these hugely successful World Championships," said Casey Wasserman, LA 2024 Bid Chairman. "I came here just to listen and learn from an International Federation [IF] which has worked really hard to innovate in recent years. It is particularly interesting to see what UWW is doing around sports presentation and the use of digital media to grab their audience's attention and keep it.

"The LA 2024 team and I are looking forward to being out on the road and experiencing these major events first-hand, because no-one knows how to stage these sports better than the International Federations."

"LA 2024 is in a very fortunate position, because 85% of our venues are already in place or planned and 80% of those have been built since the last time we hosted the Games in 1984.

"With our existing world-class venues and the experienced teams operating them, we can offer the IFs an outstanding level of capability: from delivering a technically faultless field of play, to imaginative, engaging sports presentation, to guaranteed full venues. We want to show that LA 2024 is the ideal partner for the athletes, the fans and TV audiences around the world."

The IOC will vote in 2017 at the session in Lima, Peru the host city of the Summer Games of 2024. Already this is shaping up to be a different kind of race, after the 2022 Winter Olympic showdown between Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China with China grabbing the ring with only 4 votes to win. 

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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