POSTED: August 11th 2017

Olympics: LA City Council unanimously authorizes signing the Host City Contract for 2028

(L to R) Olympians Carl Lewis, Janet Evans and John Naber today at the LA City Council Meeting © Herb Wesson
(L to R) Olympians Carl Lewis, Janet Evans and John Naber today at the LA City Council Meeting © Herb Wesson

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A 12-0 vote today sealed the LA City Council's support for the new deal with additional IOC contribution and funding for youth sports. The unprecedented awarding of the 2024 and the 2028 Games is becoming more of a reality as the protocol steps take their course.

This legally allows LA to sign a tripartite agreement with IOC and Paris, clearing the way for the IOC Membership to simultaneously award the Olympic Games 2024 to Paris and the Olympic Games 2028 to Los Angeles at the next IOC session in Lima, Peru, on September 13, 2017.  

Herb Wesson, LA City Council President, said, "Today's vote isn't just about 2028; it is about what will happen in between now and then: the progress we will make, the principles that will guide us and most importantly, the young people we will inspire." 

The LA City Council was behind the LA 2024 agreement however with the new 2028 plan they were required to re-vote for the different conditions.

According to a statement issued today "LA 2028 will invest up to $160 million to increase participation and access to youth sports programs in the City of Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games. The new Host City Contract also provides LA 2028 with a greater share of a Games surplus and an IOC contribution of $2 billion".

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti was ecstatic, "We negotiated the deal of a lifetime to bring the Games back to America, create a new Olympic legacy for the next generation, and deliver access to sports and fitness programs to every community in Los Angeles.

"Today's vote by the City Council is a resounding show of confidence in our fiscally responsible plan for 2028, and more evidence of Angelenos' passion to return the Games to LA."

Today the City Council Chamber was buzzing with 50 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and City leaders who joined LA 2028 to express their support for bringing the Games back to LA.

Bid Chairman Casey Wasserman added, "Since our announcement that we would pursue the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we've worked closely with the City Council to ensure the 2028 Host City Contract is the best deal for our city and all Angelenos.

"Today we're offering the same low-risk plan for 2028 as we offered for 2024 with no new permanent venues, infrastructure or transportation to build. Together with the united support of the City Council and the people of Los Angeles, we will deliver the greatest Games possible in 2028."

In just 32 days the IOC is expected to rubber stamp the agreement to accept the double awarding of the two Olympics for 2024 and 2028 at the IOC Session in Lima.

**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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