POSTED: January 26th 2017

LA 2024 gets full green light from City Council vote for Host City Contract

The Los Angeles City Council was unanimous in favor of the bid 13-0 © Twitter @benjamindwong1
The Los Angeles City Council was unanimous in favor of the bid 13-0 © Twitter @benjamindwong1

Over 50 Olympians and Paralympians were present today © Twitter @JoeBuscaino
Over 50 Olympians and Paralympians were present today © Twitter @JoeBuscaino

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles (LA) City Council voted unanimously today to five the authorization for LA 2024 and the City of Los Angeles to sign the IOC's Host City Contract to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Los Angeles is currently bidding against Budapest and Paris for the summer Games.

Herb Wesson, LA City Council President, commented on the decision, "When ambitious, progressive cities like Los Angeles have a once-in-a-generation opportunity like the LA 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid, we owe it to our communities to support the endeavor. On behalf of the City Council, we are comfortable with the level of protection LA 2024 has built into its plans, and today's unanimous vote reflects that. More importantly, our commitment reflects the desire of an overwhelming majority of Angelenos to share our diverse and energetic city with the world."

This now legally gives the City and the US Olympic Committee the ability to accept without restrictions the right and responsibility to host the Games if Los Angeles is elected by IOC members on September 13 in Lima, Peru.

Coming up on February 3rd all the cities will have to submit their full sets of guarantees against any budget shortfalls in compliance with the IOC prerequisites.

With the support of a team of more than 50 Olympians and Paralympians coming from seven nations, the LA 2024 leadership and the Mayor of Los Angeles celebrated the good news. The stellar athlete cast included US IOC Executive Board Members Anita DeFrantz and Angela Ruggiero, along with Candace Cable, Janet Evans, Michael Johnson and Apolo Ohno.

"The IOC's Host City Contract is our promise that Los Angeles is ready to host an outstanding and fiscally responsible Olympic and Paralympic Games," confirmed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "If LA is selected as the 2024 Host City, our low-risk, high-tech and sustainable Games will inspire the next generation to grow the Olympic Movement and provide social and economic benefits for our communities. Today's City Council approval is its 14th unanimous vote in support of LA 2024 -- and it shows that our City is united to bring the Games back to L.A."

Bid chief Casey Wasserman added, "LA 2024 has worked hand-in-hand with our partners at City Hall and the USOC to create a plan that is perfectly tailored to the aspirations of the New LA. LA 2024's fiscally responsible, 'no surprises' Games Plan aligns with the IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms and has the potential to serve the Olympic Movement long after 2024.

"The City Council's unanimous backing is a strong vote of confidence and a historic milestone in our journey to bring the Games back to the City of Angels after 40 years. We are immensely grateful to the City Council and the people of Los Angeles for their continued and passionate support."

LA 2024 Budget Guarantees

LA 2024 said in a statement: "No new Games-related public infrastructure, no new complex and costly development projects such as an Olympic Village, and no new permanent competition venues are required to stage the 2024 Games in LA. As a result, LA 2024 has been able to present a rigorous, realistic and balanced budget with $5.3 billion of revenue and $4.8 billion cost, as well as $488 million contingency. This budget was independently assessed and ratified by KPMG.

"In addition to its low-risk Games plan, balanced budget and significant contingency, additional protection includes private insurance coverage against unforeseen overages, the State of California's $250 million in contingency funding and LA 2024's two Memorandums of Understanding with the City of Los Angeles. As part of its bid committee MOU, LA 2024 submitted an updated budget to the City that will be included in Part 3 of the LA 2024 Candidature File, with cost and revenue adjustments less than 1%."

USOC Support

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun reiterated their support, "The partnership between LA 2024, the City and the USOC is the strongest of any of the US bids I have been involved with. It has allowed us to construct a comprehensive set of guarantees for the IOC, whilst simultaneously minimizing risk for the City and LA 2024 through the use of existing assets. LA 2024 can provide the Olympic Movement with total clarity and certainty on the cost of the Games, so together we can all turn our focus to creating the best experience for everyone. The shared vision among LA 2024 and City Hall puts Los Angeles in an excellent position to realize the full potential of its new Games for a new era."

**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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