POSTED: September 15th 2017

Olympics: LA 2028 lauds Anita DeFrantz on election as IOC Vice President

Olympic rower Anita DeFrantz was elected IOC Vice-President again today at the session in Lima © LA 2028
Olympic rower Anita DeFrantz was elected IOC Vice-President again today at the session in Lima © LA 2028

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The newly elected LA 2028 Olympic Games committee issued a heartfelt congratulation to IOC Member, LA84 Foundation Honorary President and LA 2028 Senior Advisor for Legacy, Anita DeFrantz, on her election as one of four IOC Vice Presidents for the second time in her long career, twenty years after her first election.

LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman said in the statement, "On behalf of everyone at LA 2028, I would like to congratulate Anita on her election as IOC Vice President. Anita has been an inspirational leader of the LA 2028 team, and we are extremely proud to see her elected as Vice President for the second time in what has been a magnificent career. She is a great role model for the younger generation and we could not wish for a better ambassador for the Olympic Movement in our country.

"Due to Anita's groundbreaking work, the LA 1984 Games set a new standard for putting Olympic Legacy into action. The achievements of the LA84 Foundation under Anita's leadership will serve as a blueprint and an inspiration to us as we look to kick-start a fresh Olympic and Paralympic legacy in the build-up to LA's first Games in a generation."

DeFrantz was elected the first ever American woman and the first African American elected in 1986 two years after the LA 1984 Games. The Lima session is the latest milestone in her career with the IOC spanning over thirty years.

She was previously Vice-President from 1997-2001 and was currently holding a place on the IOC Executive Board since 2013.

However DeFrantz played an important role with the LA 2028 Olympic bid serving as Senior Advisor for Legacy which is something that she knows a lot about. She served as Vice President of the Organizing Committee for the Los Angeles 1984 Games, and then President of the LA84 Foundation for 28 years.

Over the past thirty years the LA84 Foundation has created a concrete legacy and has given back investing over $225 million across Southern California and continues to reach 30,000 children and young people annually through sports programs.

With LA 2028 now on the horizon this legacy has the opportunity to grow with plans to invest up to $160 million to fund youth sports programs in the years leading up to the Games. This will compound the impact on the region of Southern California.

**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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