POSTED: April 29th 2016

Olympics: LA 2024 receives support from Congressional Resolution

Congress gets behind the LA 2024 Olympic bid © LA 2024
Congress gets behind the LA 2024 Olympic bid © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Los Angeles (LA) 2024 Candidature Committee leaders and California Congress Members gathered at the United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. to announce a bipartisan US House of Representatives resolution in support of LA's bid to host the 2024 Games.

"It is always exciting and humbling to see the enthusiasm we feel for the Games back in LA also here in our nation's capital. LA 2024 is creating a low-risk, fiscally responsible Games concept that taps into the Californian spirit of innovation and optimism. That unique combination is the reason we are seeing such unified, passionate support everywhere, from Angelenos and Californians, to the US sports community, to City Councilpersons and members of Congress," expressed LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations, Janet Evans.

This is only the latest show of political and popular support for LA 2024. The Bid Committee has received backing from the LA City Council, along with US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Those present at the meeting were LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti; Evans; and LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman; along with Congress members that included Adam Schiff (Democrat-California); Alan Lowenthal (Democrat-California); Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Janice Hahn (Democrat-California). Also attending the meeting was over 100 LA business leaders who took part in the LA Area Chamber of Commerce's Access DC Program. During this session, voting on the new bipartisan resolution is scheduled.

Mayor Garcetti stated, "On behalf of the millions of Angelenos who support LA's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, I would like to thank the Congress members for introducing this resolution and for giving their colleagues the chance to show their support. LA is a city with the Olympics in its DNA, and we are honored to have been selected as the US bid to bring the Games back to our country for the first time in 28 years."

The resolution states, "The Congress of the United States expresses the sincere hope that the United States will be selected as the site for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and pledges its cooperation and support toward their successful fulfillment in the highest sense of the Olympic tradition."

"Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is a bid for the entire nation, and this resolution reflects that.  Our country knows from experience that hosting the world's greatest sports event can have profound and positive sporting, social, and economic impacts.  I urge my congressional colleagues to follow the sun to LA, and help us bring the Olympic Games back to the City of Angels," commented Lucille Roybal-Allard.

In addition, Loyola Marymount University conducted a poll in January and February of 2016 that shows 88% of LA residents support hosting the 2024 Olympic Games.  

Chairman Wasserman said, "The IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020 stresses the importance of fitting the Games into the long-term vision of the hosts. With every show of support we get, we are demonstrating more clearly LA 2024's alignment with the future of our city, our state and the rest of the United States. To us, LA 2024 is an opportunity to welcome the world back to America for a celebration of unity and humanity in the new Los Angeles."

"LA 2024 represents the right event in the right city at the right moment for the United States, and that is why it has earned bipartisan backing in Congress. I am confident in LA 2024's ability to deliver a Games that will benefit people of the Greater Los Angeles region and the entire United States," concluded Steve Knight.

** 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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