POSTED: July 5th 2017

LA 2024 receives praise from IOC Evaluation Commission for a New Games for a New Era

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission report © Olympic
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission report © Olympic

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission praised Los Angeles (LA) 2024 in their newly published report for their "transformative" Games Concept that is "futuristic," "dynamic," and "forward-looking."

Los Angeles and Paris are both vying to host the 2024 summer Games.

The Commission was led by Chairman Patrick Baumann. Their two-day visit to LA consisted of technical briefings and site visits, which resulted in the publishing of this report. The report went on to showcase how LA 2024's Games Plan has the potential to aid the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in engaging the next generation and their commitment to Olympic Agenda 2020.

LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman stated, "LA 2024 set out to redefine Olympic sustainability, guided by the IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms, and we are delighted that our efforts have resonated so clearly with the IOC Evaluation Commission.  We are grateful to Evaluation Commission Chairman Patrick Baumann and his colleagues for their comprehensive, insightful appraisal of our bid."

The report went on to highlight that LA 2024 requires no additional permanent construction. For example, UCLA's campus will be used for the Olympic and Paralympic Village. The report stated that the UCLA campus "would be outstanding in all aspects and very low risk from an operational standpoint," and is "nothing short of the best for the best athletes in the world."

The Commission went on to say, "Los Angeles would provide an outstanding athlete experience from start to finish. World-class venues, the Olympic Village, and training facilities are already in place. In addition, several innovations designed to enhance their experience and ensure they perform at the highest level are also planned."

"With no permanent venues to build and overwhelming public support, LA 2024 can concentrate on putting the best assets of the top global sports and entertainment market to work for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. We think that makes Los Angeles an ideal Olympic city and an ideal partner for the IOC right now," commented Wasserman.

In addition, the Commission indicated LA 2024's ability to harness California's world-leading creative, media, and technology assets to better connect the Olympic and Paralympics Games to the future.

The report stated, "prepared to put its storytelling skills, creative energy and cutting-edge technologies to thrill and inspire the world...As one of the entertainment capitals of the world, Los Angeles would host an unforgettable Olympic celebration should LA 2024 win the right to host the Games."

"All of us at LA 2024 will go into the Candidate City Briefing in Lausanne full of confidence after the Evaluation Commission's endorsement of our Games Plan. Under Olympic Agenda 2020, the Candidature Process has become a collaborative dialogue, including an open and productive discussion during the Evaluation Commission's visit, which has helped us plan Games that are right for our city and the IOC," expressed LA 2024 CEO, Gene Sykes.

** 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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