POSTED: June 17th 2016

Olympics: Paris 2024 leaders scope out Los Angeles 2024 plan

The Memorial Coliseum © Bigstock
The Memorial Coliseum © Bigstock

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid committee was surprised to find that rival city Paris was touring the city checking out the venues and the bid plan. The IOC does not prohibit cities from visiting each other in their rules of conduct but they do disallow public rancor.

Los Angeles is bidding against Paris, Budapest and Rome and the IOC will vote their final host city in September 2017.

The Los Angeles Times reports that a top level team from France included Chief Executive Etienne Thobois and three of his top executives spent several hours today visiting Coliseum, Galen Center and a USC housing complex that would serve as a media village as confirmed by a USC spokeswoman.

She also confirmed that the Paris team set up their tour last week through the French Consulate office in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles bid team learned of the visit through USC and UCLA officials as Thobois' team was visiting UCLA which is the proposed Athletes Village Thursday morning.

LA 2024 spokesman Jeff Millman said, "While surprising, we have no objection to Paris 2024 leaders wanting to tour our venues because they are not secrets.

Millman was told that the Paris team took photos and videos of the plan and he noted that facilities will look different should LA win the Games.

"With USC's $270-million renovation of the Coliseum, it will be ready to provide the ideal experience for athletes, fans, media and all Olympic stakeholders," he added.

California economy soars

On another note the California Department of Finance release information confirming that California overtakes France and Italy as the world's six largest economy.

Bloomberg reports that Irena Asmundson, chief economist in the California Department of Finance, said, "This is the result of both good growth in California and exchange-rate movements of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies."

Governor Jerry Brown has been spearheading California's economic about face bringing in high level companies such as Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. and focusing on agricultural and manufacturing industries. Four of the world's 10 largest companies are based in the Golden State.

Last year California was the winner for job creation and beat out states Texas and Florida combined.  

**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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