POSTED: Wednesday May 10th 2017

LA 2024 welcomes the IOC Evaluation Commission to the City of Angels

IOC Evaluation Commission Chair Patrick Baumann and USOC Chair Larry Probst at LAX:
DiscoverLA Welcome sign:

LOS ANGELES - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission arrives in Los Angeles today for three days of working meetings and venue visits, as the LA 2024 bid team prepares to demonstrate its plans to harness California’s creativity and imagination to connect the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the future.

Discover Los Angeles, the city’s tourism and convention board, welcomed the IOC delegation and all visitors this past weekend when hundreds of Angelenos formed one of the largest human welcome signs in history at Carl E. Nielson Park near LAX airport, celebrating the city’s inclusive spirit, diversity, creativity and optimism. 

The IOC Evaluation Commission is chaired by IOC Member Patrick Baumann and includes IOC Members Marisol Casado, Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski, Kirsty Coventry, Nawal El Moutawakel, Uğur Erdener, Habu Gumel, Poul-Erik Høyer, Gunilla Lindberg, Bernard Rajzman, Tsunekazu Takeda along with Duane Kale and Kereyn Smith. The Director in Charge is Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi and the delegation includes experts in areas such as Paralympic sport, sustainability, finance, and transport.

LA 2024 and its stakeholders will host a day-long working meeting on Wednesday, May 10th, before a tour of key LA 2024 Games sites on Thursday, May 11th. The visit concludes on Friday, May 12th, with a press conference in Downtown Los Angeles, before the IOC delegation flies to Paris, the other 2024 candidate city. The visit of the IOC Evaluation Commission marks the latest stage in a collaborative, consultative bidding process, which includes extensive dialogue between LA 2024 and the IOC’s experts.

LA 2024 has a unique opportunity for a Candidate City: providing the IOC Evaluation Commission with a comprehensive tour of the existing UCLA campus facilities that comprise the proposed Olympic and Paralympic Village. With no new permanent venues required to host the Games, the venue tour will give the IOC Evaluation Commission the clearest, most accurate picture possible of LA 2024’s low-risk and truly sustainable Games Plan.

Beyond the formal meeting and tour component, LA 2024 will also provide opportunities for the IOC Evaluation Commission to experience some of the city’s world-famous sports, entertainment, new media, technology, and creative assets.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “We are honored to welcome the IOC Evaluation Commission to the City of Angels. All of us at LA 2024 are excited to share our plans with the IOC experts this week, but we are even more excited to share our city. LA is a vibrant community full of energy and imagination, and we’re united by our extraordinary cultural diversity. I know that once they experience Los Angeles, our guests will find a city that has the Olympics in its DNA, is ready to host a spectacular yet fiscally responsible Games in 2024 and is the right partner for the IOC at this important time for the Olympic Movement.”

LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: “We truly believe that Los Angeles is the right city to connect the Games to the future and we are grateful to have this opportunity to present our plan face-to-face with the IOC. With no new permanent venues to build and 88% public support, LA 2024’s high-tech, low-risk, sustainable and athlete-led Games will serve the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in 2024 and beyond. We hope to communicate that clearly to the IOC Evaluation Commission this week as we tour our wealth of existing world-class venues; as we introduce our private venue partners, government stakeholders and creative talents; and as this city’s remarkable passion for sport shines through.”

USOC Chairman Larry Probst said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the IOC’s Evaluation Commission to the United States to witness first-hand the incredible opportunities that await the Olympic and Paralympic families in 2024. The venues are in place, the public is behind the effort and the unique assets that make California so incredibly special will be on full display this week with LA’s cultural and creative talents working hand-in-hand with the city’s political and sport leaders. With the infrastructure in place, we have an opportunity to truly showcase the amazing opportunities we have to provide a new Games for a new era for athletes, administrators and fans alike.”

The IOC Evaluation Commission will report back to the whole IOC membership at a Candidate City briefing, scheduled to take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 11 and 12.

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