POSTED: July 31st 2017

Olympics Official: LA declares candidature for 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will once again be a centerpiece of the Games © SFC
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will once again be a centerpiece of the Games © SFC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles bid to host the Olympics and Paralympics officially announced their intention to host the Games in 2028 and its agreement with the Host City Contract 2028. This will concede the 2024 Games to Paris allowing it to host a centenary edition of the Olympics.

The IOC unanimously approved the concept of a double awarding earlier this month at the 2017 Extraordinary IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland to simultaneously elect the host cities of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028.   

According to the host city terms the IOC will now advance funds to a LA organizing committee for a longer planning period in order to increase participation and access to youth sports programs in the City of Los Angeles in these 11 years leading up to the Games.  

The bonus in the host city contract will give LA $1.8 billion and has the potential to go over $2 billion taking into the account the estimated value of existing sponsor agreements to be renewed and potential new marketing deals.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has been front and center in working out the deal with the IOC said, "This is an historic day for Los Angeles, for the United States and for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements around the world. Today, we take a major step toward bringing the Games back to our city for the first time in a generation and begin a new chapter in Los Angeles' timeless Olympic story.

"This agreement with the IOC will allow us to seed a legacy of hope and opportunity that will lift up every community in Los Angeles- not in 11 years' time, but starting now and continuing in the years leading up to the Games. LA 2028 will kick-start our drive to make LA the healthiest city in America, by making youth sports more affordable and accessible than ever before." 

The long road to get to this agreement started in April at the SportAccord Convention in Aarhus, Denmark with talks between IOC President Thomas Bach and the respective Mayors Eric Garcetti and Anne Hidalgo.

IOC President Bach was thrilled, "The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic bid committee. They presented a strong and enthusiastic candidature that embraces the Olympic Agenda 2020 sustainability priorities by incorporating existing facilities and encouraging the engagement of more youth in the Olympic Movement. 

"Therefore, we are very happy that as part of this Host City Contract, we are able to expand the impact of city youth sports programming and encourage the healthy lifestyle of Angelenos for the next 11 years. We are very confident that we can reach a tripartite agreement under the leadership of the IOC with LA and Paris in August, creating a win-win-win situation for all three partners. This agreement will be put forward to the IOC Session in Lima in September for ratification." 

 The LA City Council and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Board of Directors will now consider the approval in August. If all goes well and is expected to the IOC, LA and Paris will enter a tripartite agreement clearing the way for the IOC membership to approve both editions of the Games to LA and Paris at the next IOC session in Lima, Peru on September 13, 2017.

US President Donald Trump has been a supporter of the bid and the White House Office of American Innovation and the US Senate and House of Representatives have been true partners throughout. The USOC and Los Angeles bid team greatly appreciate their strong commitment to bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to the United States.

Los Angeles bid committee Chairman Casey Wasserman said, "Los Angeles will help ensure that the Games are sustainable and relevant for future generations, with the IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms as our guiding principle, a 'no-surprises' Games plan and the enthusiastic support of the people of LA. 

"Two great world cities in LA and Paris have developed two very different but outstanding plans. Thanks to the IOC's courage and vision in creating a mechanism for this unprecedented dual award, both cities now stand together ready to serve the Olympic and Paralympic Movements for more than a decade."

LA City Council President Herb Wesson added, "The City of Los Angeles is a proud and enthusiastic partner in this 'win-win-win' scenario. The opportunity to again host the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a golden occasion further strengthening Los Angeles - not just through bricks and mortar, but through new opportunities for our communities to watch, play and benefit from sport."

USOC Chairman Larry Probst commented, "Today was an important step in the process to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to the United States. In the coming weeks, we look forward to presenting this to the USOC board for approval of Los Angeles' 2028 candidature in anticipation of a positive vote by the IOC membership in September. LA 2028 will help connect the Olympic Movement with the youth of the world and provide the IOC with long-term stability and sustainability, and demonstrate the viability of hosting the Games to future bidders."

LA will be doing a live press conference event on Facebook at 5pm Pacific time that can be watched here:

**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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