POSTED: May 11th 2017

Olympics: Laid back LA offers a lean mean plan to host the Games in 2024

IOC Evaluation Commission Chairman Patrick Bauman opens the day's meetings / SFC
IOC Evaluation Commission Chairman Patrick Bauman opens the day's meetings / SFC

(L to  R) LA 2024 chief Casey Wasserman and Mayor Eric Garcetti / SFC
(L to R) LA 2024 chief Casey Wasserman and Mayor Eric Garcetti / SFC

Long Beach will host a number of events even handball in an arena painted by marine artist Wyland / SFC
Long Beach will host a number of events even handball in an arena painted by marine artist Wyland / SFC

LAURA WALDEN in LA at the JW Marriott Live / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles Olympic bid kicked off its IOC Evaluation Commission visit today proving that they can offer a cost effective but comprehensive plan for hosting the Games. Private funding and existing venues are featured in the bid documents that are coming to life as the IOC had the first day of presentations that rolled out the explanations of all the aspects of the campaign. 

The atmosphere here is efficient and that of a well-oiled machine, the Californians have done their homework you can feel the synergy. In the day and age of cities falling out of bid races over public referendums the concept of a privately funded Olympics has set them apart. 

Casey Wasserman, head of the LA 2024 bid, commented in the opening remarks to the commission members, "This week, we'll give formal presentations to the EC on every aspect of our plan, and they'll tour our city to see and examine the magnificent venues and facilities we've chosen for the 2024 Games.

"The LA2024 Games Concept and plan was created to address this unique moment in time. When cities around the world are becoming more reluctant to pursue the Games, LA offers the IOC certainty with 88% support, a low-risk, verified budget and a sustainable Games plan that doesn't require us to build a single permanent, new venue. 

"We believe this is the Games model for the future because it's transformative.

"Our goal is to reimagine a Games model that will achieve three things: use high tech to redefine sustainability, use innovation to minimize risk, and use creativity to engage the global youth audience," he added. 

Wassermann and Mayor Eric Garcetti are both poster children of a generation that experienced the 1984 Games first hand in LA and have that very same passion driving them forward to live their own Olympic Dream. 

Mayor Garcetti said, "Like Casey, I also attended those Games as a young boy and they showed me a world I'd only imagined. And they brought that world right here, to our own backyard. I am certain that is a major reason why 88% of my fellow Angelenos support our bid, and the IOC. It's in our DNA. 

"The potential of hosting an Olympic and Paralympic Games is a huge opportunity - and a huge responsibility - for every aspiring Host City. It's a responsibility that we take very seriously, and it's why we created a plan that we believe offers the Movement something bold and new, not more of the same. 

"We believe this campaign isn't just about Los Angeles or our fellow competitors, nor is this campaign only about the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

"Instead, we believe this race is about the sustainability and relevancy of every Olympic and Paralympic Games beyond 2024.  

"This is a stark and unique differentiator about our bid - we're not focused on ourselves, we're focused on creating a transformative Games going forward. 

"That is what Follow the Sun is all about - the future. 

"It's about how we can help create a new and sustainable model - a New Games for a New Era - that will serve sport for generations to come." 

Anita DeFrantz, longtime IOC member and Executive Board member, added, "One of the greatest responsibilities of IOC Members is choosing the Host City. A city that not only reflects the Olympic values in its plan, but also in the character, heart and the soul of the people, but in the city, itself.  

"We are again engaged in a strong competition for the right to host the 2024 Games. Our goal over the next few days is first and foremost to answer any and all questions you may have ... so you can fully understand what LA 2024 will provide to the athletes and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. 

"Over the last three decades, I have seen and judged seventy-four Olympic bid campaigns, including Olympic and Olympic Winter candidates--and I've been part of eight bids.  And I can tell you--as an IOC Executive Board member and an Olympian, LA 2024 is the best plan I've seen.  

"It is ready with all the facilities you need now--and is led by a team that will serve you and the Olympic Movement well for the next seven years," she concluded. 

The IOC will be touring the proposed venues tomorrow and then will head off to rival bid Paris for their three day perusal. The final vote will take place in September at the Lima session in Peru.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six 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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