POSTED: September 10th 2016

LA 2024 returns to Rio with delegation for 2016 Paralympic Games

A selfie with the LA 2024 team at the Rio Paralympics © Casey Wasserman Twitter
A selfie with the LA 2024 team at the Rio Paralympics © Casey Wasserman Twitter

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The LA Candidature Committee has returned to Rio de Janeiro with a delegation to attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The 16-strong bid delegation returns to "la Cidade Maravilhosa," following LA 2024's valuable learning experience at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The team looks to build on their knowledge and gain a greater understanding of how Los Angeles and the whole of the United States (US) can better serve the priorities and needs of the Paralympic Movement.

The team is led by LA 2024 CEO, Gene Sykes; LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman; LA 2024 Senior Advisor for Legacy and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board Member, Anita DeFrantz; and LA 2024 Vice Chair and 12-time Paralympic medalist, Candace Cable.  The delegation also includes United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Chairman, Larry Probst; USOC CEO, Scott Blackmun; Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability, Steve Simon; CEO and President of Angel City Sports, Clayton Frech; organizers of the Angel City Games; and various LA 2024 team members.

Sykes stated, "The Rio 2016 Olympic Games provided LA 2024 with many lessons, and we are already hard at work, finding ways to build on the best of Rio to create a new Games for a new era. We expect the Paralympic Games to be yet another fantastic opportunity for our team to listen and learn, and we are extremely grateful to the IOC and IPC, as well as to the Cariocas for their continued, unparalleled hospitality."

While in Rio, the LA 2024 bid leaders will be meeting with Paralympic and global sport leaders as they aim to create a new Games. Also, eight LA 2024 executives will take part in the Rio 2016 Observer Program to learn from Rio 2016 staff and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) experts during a live-Games.

A critical focus for the team will be studying how to harness the global attention of hosting a Paralympics and growing awareness for para-sport. Currently, over 200 Paralympic Sports Clubs are operated by the US Paralympics across the country. LA looks to expand the para-sport movement's reach by engaging millions of participants and their families, along with furthering social inclusion and rights of those with disabilities both in the US and across the globe.  

"Rio de Janeiro served as a spectacular backdrop for the 2016 Olympic Games, providing a breathtaking stage for numerous historic athletic performances. The LA 2024 team is thrilled to return to 'la Cidade Maravilhosa' to experience the biggest Paralympic Games ever. We are grateful to participate in the Rio 2016 Observer Program and to continue to learn how our city can best serve the Paralympians of 2024 and beyond. The insights we gather in Rio will undoubtedly inform LA 2024 moving forward as our city builds a Paralympic experience that helps the city and the world better celebrate the unity in diversity that is so essential to the Olympic and Paralympic Games," expressed Wasserman.

** 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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