POSTED: March 31st 2017

Olympics: IOC commends creativity and legacy plans of both 2024 bids

Patrick Baumann recently took the place of Frank Fredericks as head of the IOC Evaluation Commission © IOC
Patrick Baumann recently took the place of Frank Fredericks as head of the IOC Evaluation Commission © IOC

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The IOC Evaluation Commission gave good marks to both summer 2024 Olympic bid cities Los Angeles and Paris in an initial review taking place in Lausanne this week.

Commission Chair Patrick Baumann commented after the two-day meeting 29/30 March, "The Commission's work is just beginning, but it is already clear that both candidates have embraced the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020.

"Both proposals incorporate well-known locations in these two great cities, and would deliver an excellent experience for athletes, spectators and other Games participants," he added.

The IOC candidature procedure has changed after the adoption of Agenda 2020 and now involves a three stage process. The new process allows the cities the benefit from expertise provided by specialists from the IOC and International Federations in the early stages of their bids.

This summer Games 2024 bid campaign began in early 2015 with the new Invitation Phase designed to better assist interested cities understand the new process and the benefits of bidding.

The formal evaluation process began in September 2015 and includes these key stages:

Stage 1: Vision, Games Concept and Strategy

Stage 2: Governance, Legal and Venue Funding

Stage 3: Games Delivery, Experience and Venue Legacy

The next step is the working visits to both Los Angeles and Paris next month to gather information for the finalizing of the evaluation report that will be released in July.

Baumann explained, "We are looking forward to taking a closer look at these two strong candidates during our site visits, to see in more detail how these well-developed plans would come to life at Games time and leave sustainable legacies."

On July 11/12 teams from both Los Angeles and Paris will go in-depth with their proposed plans in front of the IOC members and the Summer Olympic International Federations at a technical meeting in Lausanne.

The IOC is currently looking into the possibilities of allocating both the 2024 and 2028 Games with this single campaign process given the high value of both cities. The vote to elect the 2024 host city is set for September 13th in Lima, Peru at the IOC session.

**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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