POSTED: February 1st 2016
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Olympics: Los Angeles 2024 plays host to IOC President Bach and the IOC delegation

(L to R) IOC Executive Board member Anita DeFrantz, LA2024 Vice-Chair Janet Evans, IOC President Bach, IOC Member Angela Ruggiero, and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson during the game at the Staples Center © LA 2024
(L to R) IOC Executive Board member Anita DeFrantz, LA2024 Vice-Chair Janet Evans, IOC President Bach, IOC Member Angela Ruggiero, and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson during the game at the Staples Center © LA 2024

President Bach and Magic Johnson enjoy a laugh at the Lakers game © LA 2024
President Bach and Magic Johnson enjoy a laugh at the Lakers game © LA 2024


MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach is currently in Los Angeles (LA) to visit proposed 2024 Games venues and the LA 2024 Candidature Committee.

To start off his visit, President Bach along with IOC officials attended a Lakers National Basketball Association (NBA) game at Staples Center. The venue is a critical piece of LA 2024's Downtown Cluster proposal.

In addition, the IOC delegation and President Bach will have a meeting with LA City Council President, Herb Wesson; LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti; and other LA 2024 leaders, today. The group will also visit the Getty Center, University of Southern California (USC), and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Moreover, the IOC delegation will meet with LA 2024 CEO, Gene Sykes; LA 2024 Chair, Casey Wasserman; LA 2024 Vice Chairs, Janet Evans and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson; United States Olympic Committee (USOC) CEO, Scott Blackmun; US IOC members Angela Ruggiero and Anita DeFrantz; and USOC Chairman, Larry Probst. Business leaders, reporters from local media outlets, and American Olympic champions will also get a chance to meet with the IOC delegation.

"We are honored to welcome IOC President Thomas Bach to the City of Angels. Los Angeles is a forward thinking City, where possibilities become opportunities. We look forward to showing President Bach and IOC officials our plans to harness our creativity, innovation, and fiscal discipline to create a new Games for a new era," expressed Mayor Garcetti.

Wasserman stated, "I want to thank President Bach for visiting Los Angeles and giving us the opportunity to discuss how our plans for a sustainable Games align with his visionary Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms. Guided by President Bach's leadership, we are creating a Games concept that offers athletes the best, personalized experience through our ideal climate and existing world-class venues, leaving a legacy to inspire the next generation at home and abroad."

President Bach noted, "You have a remarkable job in reflecting on how, in line with the Olympic Agenda 2020, you could put your fantastic Olympic legacy in the service of an Olympic future yet more radiant, how you could build that future on the solid foundations that are yours. 

"Los Angeles is worth candidate; the race for the Games also brings together four excellent contenders, each working to implement the reforms in its way advocated by the Olympic Agenda 2020. We know now that, regardless of the place where the Games will be held Olympics in 2024, it will be great Games."

Mayor Garcetti added, "Our city has changed considerably since we hosted the Olympic event for the last time, but our love of the Games is still going strong. If Los Angeles is honored to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024, we will offer new games for a new era.

"We are committed to leave an important legacy not only our city, but also to the region, the country and the entire Olympic Movement."

On Tuesday, President Bach will meet with technology executives in the San Francisco Bay area.

** 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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