POSTED: June 14th 2016

Olympics: Los Angeles further proves international sport event hosting abilities for 2024 bid

Teams lineup for the 2016 Freestyle World Cup © LA 2024
Teams lineup for the 2016 Freestyle World Cup © LA 2024

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the 2016 Freestyle World Cup © LA 2024
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the 2016 Freestyle World Cup © LA 2024

Copa America Centenario 2016 at the Rose Bowl © LA 2024
Copa America Centenario 2016 at the Rose Bowl © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The City of Angels has once again demonstrated their capacity for staging elite world-class international sports events with the successful conclusions of the Copa America Centenario 2016 and the Wrestling World Cup.

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena hosted three Copa America Centenario matches featuring six sides from the PASO region. Over 160,000 fans attended matches at the Rose Bowl, which started with a stalemate between Brazil and Ecuador. The three-game stretch continued with Colombia winning 2-1 over Paraguay. Things finished off with a packed house as Mexico beat out Jamaica 2-0.

"On behalf of LA 2024, we'd like to extend our congratulations to US Soccer, United World Wrestling, USA Wrestling and Titan Mercury Wrestling Club for hosting an outstanding week of sport, elite competition and friendship in the City of Angels. The seamless, professional hosting of the more than 160,000 fans in our city over the past week is further proof that LA is a Games-ready city. We have the experience, we have the sporting infrastructure, and, most importantly, we have the passionate fans eager to fill the seats and warmly welcome the world's greatest athletes to the City of Angels," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

LA 2024 Bid leaders congratulated Copa America and commended the Rose Bowl for their successful hosting efforts. They also congratulated USA Wrestling, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, and United World Wrestling for the 2016 Freestyle World Cup's successful staging. The Forum in Inglewood was the event's host venue and is also the proposed venue for the 2024 Olympic gymnastics competition. The Wrestling World Cup featured eight global teams from Georgia, Iran, Mongolia, Turkey, India, Azerbaijan, Russia, and the United States. The Iranian team claimed their fifth consecutive Freestyle World Cup title as they defeated Russia 5-3 in the gold medal match.

The Candidature Committee pointed out that both events had safe and smooth operational success and is "further proof that LA is a Games-ready city." The also boosted that fans are ready to "warmly welcome the world's greatest athletes." LA has a strong experience hosting major sports competitions as the city's sports teams draw over 10 million spectators per year combined. The successful events further showcase how ready the city of Los Angeles is to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

LA 2024 CEO, Gene Sykes concluded, "The Rose Bowl and The Forum's safe, successful hosting of these prestigious international competitions are reminders that the City of Angels is no stranger to hosting large-scale events with global appeal. From the 1932 and 1984 Games to events like the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes that take place in our city every year, LA consistently redefines the gold standard for global event hosting. Our Games-ready infrastructure, along with our excellent relationships with the local sports, labor and business communities, will allow us to focus entirely on creating the best possible Games experience in 2024 should we be awarded the honor of being named Host City."

** 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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