POSTED: February 24th 2016
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Olympics: Los Angeles 2024 racks up almost 90 percent support by the local Angelenos boosting the bid

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum © Bigstock
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum © Bigstock


LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles 2024 bid released the results of a new poll taken by the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University showing a solid 88% of Angelenos support Los Angeles hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, compared with 12% opposed.

Los Angeles is competing against Rome, Budapest, and Paris to host the 2024 summer Games.

The LMU poll was carried out in January and February of this year via telephone and they sampled 2,425 adults.

"The LMU poll finding enthusiastic public support for LA 2024's Olympic and Paralympic Games bid is a very strong indication that Angelenos have confidence in our fiscally responsible, sustainable and innovative plan for the Games," said LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman.

"Angelenos' overwhelming support is consistent across all ages, all demographics and all the diverse cultures in LA, reaffirming our multicultural, multi-ethnic city's backing for bringing the Olympic Games to Los Angeles and to the United States for the first time in 28 years."

The Los Angeles bid has gained marked local support after a local telephone survey poll conducted by the United States Olympic Committee from August 1-3, 2015 that found that 81% of Angelenos supported Los Angeles hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti added, "The Olympics are in LA's DNA. Angelenos 'follow the sun' every day. They are optimists, innovators and big-dreamers. They embrace hard work, progress and opportunity. And they are constantly asking, 'What's next?'

"Hosting a new Games for a new era doesn't just fit the bricks and mortar of our city; it fits our citizens' relentless spirit of reinvention. Angelenos welcomed the world with open arms in 1984 and we have experienced the benefits ever since, so we're excited by the prospect of doing it again at a reimagined Games in 2024.

"The IOC can have complete confidence that if they award Los Angeles the honor of naming us Host City, they will be bringing the Games back to a city that truly loves them."

The IOC will vote on their host city in 2017 at the session in Lima, Peru.

**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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