POSTED: August 3rd 2016

Olympics: Los Angeles brings 25 member team to observe the Games led by Mayor Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, IOC member Anita DeFrantz, and bid chairman Casey Wasserman © Twitter Casey Wasserman
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, IOC member Anita DeFrantz, and bid chairman Casey Wasserman © Twitter Casey Wasserman

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is leading his city's bid to host the Olympic Games together with Chairman Casey Wasserman, CEO Gene Sykes and Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans, along with the bid's entire 25 person staff.

All the four bid cities will be participating in a special observer program led by Jacqueline Barrett, Associate Director of Olympic Games in charge of Bid City Relations to study the staging of the Rio 2016 Games. Eight of the LA 2024 executives will take part.

Los Angeles is bidding against Budapest, Rome and Paris to host the 2024 summer Games.

"On behalf of LA 2024 I would like to express my gratitude and deepest admiration to Mayor Paes and the City of Rio de Janeiro for their warm welcome, and we are honored to be in Rio for the first ever Olympic Games to be staged in South America," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I am looking forward to meeting members of the Olympic Family, athletes and as many 'Cariocas' as possible, and sharing in this wonderful Olympic atmosphere.

"I have no doubt the LA 2024 team will learn a great deal from our experiences here so that we leave better equipped than ever to stage an innovative, sustainable and low risk Games in a city with the Olympics in its DNA."

Also assisting the LA 2024 team are the three American IOC members Larry Probst, Anita DeFrantz and Angela Ruggiero - along with the USOC led by CEO Scott Blackmun will also play a prominent role in the bid's activities in the coming weeks.

Chairman Casey Wasserman added, "Over the past eleven months, we have attended many prestigious Olympic Movement gatherings and now we are delighted to be in Rio for the greatest global event of them all.

"This is an important milestone for the LA 2024 bid team, but we know that the next few weeks are not about us: it is about seven years' hard work culminating in a fantastic celebration of sport, and it is a privilege to be a part of it. We are grateful to the ongoing support from the IOC and are very excited to participate in the Rio 2016 Observer Program."

CEO Gene Sykes noted, "Rio 2016 is a fundamental part of our listening and learning phase and we would like to thank the IOC for this very special opportunity. Having spent time in Brazil a few weeks ago, I am not at all surprised that the venues and setting are spectacular and the people of Rio are incredibly hospitable. We are looking forward to meeting with key stakeholders from the Olympic Movement and are honored to be a part of the first Olympic Games to take place in South America."

And finally four-time Olympic champion swimmer Janet Evans, Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations , added, "With more than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees taking part in Rio, we have a great chance to see how best to prioritize the needs of the Games' most important stakeholder - the athletes. With 97% of our proposed venues already in place, LA 2024 has a unique opportunity to focus our attention on creating the best personalized experience for every athlete.

"And we will be drawing on all the experiences of the 13 LA 2024 Athletes' Advisory Commission members competing in Rio to continue refining our offer."

The IOC is set to vote for their host city for 2024 in September 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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