POSTED: June 2nd 2016

Olympics: Four cities go forward to the next phase of 2024 bidding to host the Games

The IOC Executive Board © IOC
The IOC Executive Board © IOC

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The IOC Executive Board today confirmed that all four bidding cities in the 2024 Olympic Games campaign have "advanced to the next phase of the race". 

Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome are all campaigning to host the Games.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said, "No significant issues were flagged at this stage that would merit not supporting the advancement of particular city to the next stage."

The IOC EB was briefed by the head of the IOC 2024 Evaluation Commission, Olympian Frank Fredericks, who "highlighted each city's main opportunities and challenges."

Adams also reiterated that the 2024 group of cities were the first to be able to take full advantage of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the numerous opportunities that it opened up for bidding cities.

Balázs Fürjes, Chairman of the Budapest 2024 Bid, commented, "We are delighted to be invited to continue this journey with the IOC and with our fellow bidding cities, and we would like to thank Jacqueline Barrett and Frank Fredericks and their teams for all their efforts.

"Our intention and focus remain firmly on the goal as we transition into this second phase: that is, to demonstrate to the world that Budapest is the right city at the right time, with both the vitality and maturity to host an unforgettable 2024 Games." 

LA 2024 Chair Casey Wasserman said, "LA 2024 is honored to be part of the IOC's Candidature Process and to be progressing to the next stage equipped with all the support and insightful feedback we have received from the IOC and the Olympic Family over the last four months.

"Los Angeles' invitation to Follow the Sun isn't only about our ideal, Olympic weather. It's an invitation to harness LA's unique and inherent culture of creativity, innovation and entertainment for the good of both the Games and the Olympic Movement. The IOC's new consultative approach to the bid process is really helping us bring out the best in our city, and with our vast array of existing sports facilities, LA only has to build one new permanent venue for the Games. This means we can focus our energy and resources on creating the best Games experience for the athletes, while ensuring a viable sustainable legacy for future Angelenos - just like we did for the LA84 Games.

"LA is a city that is constantly imagining what's next and transforming itself for the future, and our bid for the Games is generating great excitement in California and beyond. With public polls showing support from 88% of Angelenos, along with a 15-0 vote to proceed from the City Council, President Obama's enthusiastic endorsement and a bipartisan resolution moving through Congress, it is clear that we are not the only ones who are delighted to be involved in this most prestigious of races."

Paris 2024 CEO, Etienne Thobois, said, "We welcome the IOC decision to put the bid forward to the next stage of the campaign process. I'd like to thank the IOC Executive Board for providing us with this opportunity and we look forward to receiving constructive feedback from the working group on this first stage as we prepare to develop stage two of our bid. 

"Following on from yesterday's announcement of our legacy plan aligned with Agenda 2020, this is an important moment for the bid and in the evolution of our thinking. Our vision for the 2024 Games is advancing very well and it is important that we continually sense-check our plans and put into practice the valuable feedback we receive. Our central aim is to produce the best possible bid and to show what Paris and France would bring to a celebration of sport and Olympism through hosting the 2024 Games."

Luca di Montezemolo, President of Roma 2024, commented, "The green light by the IOC to the second stage of the bidding process is a source of great pride and satisfaction. This gives us a huge boost to continue with enthusiasm and conviction. The IOC Executive Board has appreciated the concept of our candidature file, inspired by the Agenda 2020 guidelines and aligned with a vision founded on transparency and enhancement of legacy. We believe in our project and we will go all the way."

The IOC will vote for its host city in September of 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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