POSTED: April 18th 2016

SportAccord Convention 2016 welcomes arrival of LA 2024 and USOC leaders

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today, the Los Angeles (LA) 2024 Bid Committee's senior delegation arrived in Lausanne for the 2016 SportAccord Convention. The delegation was led by LA 2024 CEO, Gene Sykes; United States Olympic Committee (USOC) CEO, Scott Blackmun; and LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman. They will meet with International Federations (IFs) and global sports leaders to learn what is required to deliver the best athlete experience for the 2024 Games. LA 2024 is committed to working closely with all IFs in order to deliver a Games that is focused on athletes' wants and needs.

Wasserman stated, "SportAccord Convention is one of the world's leading annual sports conventions and draws together some of the most experienced and knowledgeable stakeholders in the international sports movement. We are delighted to have this opportunity to listen about how to deliver competitions of the highest standard if we had the honor of hosting the Games in 2024. LA is a city that knows what it takes to deliver world-class events but the IFs know better than anyone what it takes to deliver elite competitions in their sports. We are eager to take advantage of every chance we get to learn from them."

The three leaders are joined by LA 2024 Chief Communications Officer, Jeff Millman; USOC Director of International Relations, Dragomir Cioroslan; International Olympic Committee Member, Angela Ruggiero; LA 2024 Sports Director, Doug Arnot; LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations, Janet Evans; USOC Chief Executive Affairs Officer, Patrick Sandusky; and LA 2024 Chief Marketing Officer, Terrence Burns. The combination of representatives from both LA 2024 and the USOC reflect the close partnership the two organizations share.

"LA 2024 is determined to deliver a new Games for a new era. This means harnessing California's leadership in innovation and pushing boundaries across every aspect of our bid including athlete experience. We cannot do this in isolation and we are fully committed to collaborating with athletes and IFs as much as possible to understand what their needs are, what has worked well for them in the past and what could be improved for the future. When it comes to the venues, the IFs are the ultimate authority on what is required to ensure that athletes are provided with the environment they need to be able to compete at their very best. This week for us will be about tapping into that expertise," explained Evans.

The annual SportAccord Convention is held in a different city every year. This year it will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland at the SwissTech Convention Center from April 17-22. The Convention is a unique chance for the primary decision-makers from industry and sport to network, meet, and strategically shape national, global, and regional agendas.

"We are very happy to be here in Lausanne and to be supporting the LA 2024 bid. Close collaboration with the IFs will be invaluable in ensuring that LA 2024's Games Plan can deliver on its promise to create the ultimate personalized athlete experience. LA as a city has everything in place to be able to do that: a culture of innovation and creativity, existing world-class venues, an ideal Olympic climate and a ready-made state-of-the-art Olympic and Paralympic Village. Now is the time to ensure LA 2024 is in a position to maximize this potential by harnessing the vast experience and expertise of the IFs," expressed Blackmun.

** 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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