POSTED: February 16th 2016

Olympics: LA 2024 lauds world leaders for ASEAN Summit hosted by Southern California

Sunnylands known as a west coast 'Camp David' in Rancho Mirage, California where the ASEAN Summit took place / Sunnylands
Sunnylands known as a west coast 'Camp David' in Rancho Mirage, California where the ASEAN Summit took place / Sunnylands

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Southern California received high praise from LA 2024's leaders for hosting the first-ever summit between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This proves that the region has the potential to stage, "an inspirational, impactful celebration of the Olympic Movement's diversity" in 2024.

The first US-ASEAN standalone summit will convene at Rancho Mirage's Sunnylands Resort on February 15 and 16. US President, Barack Obama will host leaders of ASEAN's ten member nations at this unprecedented gathering. This meeting aims to strengthen cooperation on economic, security, and political issues under the new US-ASEAN strategic partnership.

ASEAN was established in 1967 and is made up of Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, and Myanmar.

In addition, Southern California serves as the nation's leading trade gateway to Philippines, Ecuador, Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Australia. This allows Southern California to enjoy strong ties to Asia.

"The ASEAN Summit is evidence not only of Southern California's important place on the world stage but more importantly of its symbolic role as a multicultural, multi-ethnic global meeting place for diverse philosophies and ideas," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

He added, "In the greater Los Angeles area, we have 18 million people from nearly every nation in the world. The prospect of welcoming the world to an inspirational, impactful celebration of the Olympic Movement's diversity is just one of the reasons we are so excited by the chance to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to LA in 2024."

LA 2024 Vice Chair and Olympian, Janet Evans stated, "LA is one of the most diverse cities in the US, but we are united by our love for sport and the Olympic Games. Our most recent polls show overwhelming support across all demographic groups. That means LA 2024 can promise a warm, home-field welcome for every athlete, and a powerful message about the Olympic Movement's unifying role in the modern world."

"LA 2024 looks forward to revealing more details about our plans for a city-wide festival of unity in diversity as the campaign progresses," concluded Evans.

** 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

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