POSTED: November 22nd 2015

Olympics: LA 2024 lauds IOC workshop and attends EOC General Assembly

LAURA WALDEN at the INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL in PRAGUE / Sports Features Communications 

(SFC)  The LA 2024 bid team was in Lausanne last week attending the IOC Candidate City workshop and fine tuning their campaign proposal with detailed feedback from the IOC. The next stop on the campaign trail was the European Olympic Committees (EOC)  General Assembly taking place in Prague, Czech Republic.

"On behalf of everyone at LA 2024, I want to thank the IOC for providing us with such a valuable experience over the last few days," said LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman. "By allowing us to share our vision and providing us with key insights, this workshop will undoubtedly bolster our work as we seek to build a sustainable bid that furthers the Olympic Movement around the world.

"The EOC General Assembly here in Prague gives us another excellent opportunity to listen to and learn from the Olympic family, and we are grateful to Patrick Hickey and the EOC for the chance to participate. It was fantastic to meet and speak with our friends from Europe's NOCs and the Gala Dinner in Prague Castle was a very special occasion. We will continue to absorb as much as we can to ensure that we put forward the very strongest possible bid."

The two day workshop served as an open dialogue as to how to improve the assets of each city's bid. LA 2024 feels that it was in their interests as they are focusing on ensuring a sustainable bid that fits into the long-term development plans of the host city and country.  

"I would like to commend the IOC on its vision to create a sustainable Games that furthers host cities' long-term goals," added United States Olympic Committee (USOC) CEO Scott Blackmun.  "LA 2024 will emulate the IOC's clear and succinct vision as it builds a bid that fits into the long-term goals of the city and the region. Los Angeles is fortunate to have the support of its city leaders and of its public as it builds this bid, and the Candidature Committee will work hard to provide evidence of this support in the February proposal."

Champion swimming Olympian and LA 2024 Vice Chair Janet Evans, who serves as Director of Athlete Relations, said, "As Olympians, we are no strangers to hard work. Even better than hard work, though, is working hard and smart. This experience in Lausanne has given us a clear, straightforward snapshot of what we must do - provide a persuasive vision for a Games that serves the long-term development of our city.

"LA 2024 wants to take advantage of every opportunity we can to listen and learn, and that is why we are so happy to be in Prague to meet again with the NOC family. The IOC Candidate City workshop has left us feeling stronger and even more determined to put together a one-of-a-kind Games experience that will serve athletes, Angelenos, and the rest of the Olympic community."

The IOC will choose their 2024 summer Games host city at the session in Lima, Peru in 2017.

**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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