POSTED: Wednesday July 5th 2017

IOC Evaluation Commission praises LA 2024's "transformative" Games Concept that is "forward-looking," "dynamic" and "futuristic," promising "an outstanding athlete experience" in a New Games for a New Era

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Los Angeles - In its report published today, the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission praised LA 2024’s sustainable, low-risk Games Plan and its potential to help the Olympic and Paralympic Movements engage with the next generation, underlining the US bid’s alignment with the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms.

The report is released on Day 16 of LA 2024’s Follow The Sun to Olympic Agenda 2020 campaign: 20 announcements in 20 days to show how LA 2024 will contribute to the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, Olympic Agenda 2020. The Evaluation Commission report identifies a broad range of areas where LA 2024 has integrated the goals and principles of Olympic Agenda 2020 into its Games Plan, particularly the new philosophy described in Recommendation 1: “present an Olympic project that best matches [the Candidate City’s] sports, economic, social and environmental long-term planning needs.”

The IOC Evaluation Commission, headed by Chairman Patrick Baumann, compiled its report following two days of technical briefings and site visits in Los Angeles in May. The report highlights that LA 2024 requires no additional permanent construction, with all venues either temporary, planned by private investors or already hosting elite sport today. The result is a Games Plan that minimizes risk while promising an outstanding experience for every participant.

The IOC Evaluation Commission writes: “LA 2024 has fully embraced the philosophy of Olympic Agenda 2020… With so many world-class sports facilities at its disposal, the Los Angeles venue inventory exceeds Games’ needs. LA 2024 does not require any new permanent Games-dependent venues and does not rely on public funding for any venue construction.” Regarding LA 2024's budget, the Commission writes: "Overall, the OCOG [Organizing Committee] budget is feasible and the financial risk is low for this stage of planning and budget development."

The IOC Evaluation Commission also points to the value of an existing Olympic and Paralympic Village that is already home to 16,000 students today, providing top-class sports, accommodation, health and dining facilities.

The IOC Evaluation Commission says the proposed Village site at the UCLA campus "would be outstanding in all aspects and very low risk from an operational standpoint” and “Nothing short of the best for the best athletes in the world.”

The IOC Evaluation Commission goes 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.”

The IOC Evaluation Commission takes particular note of LA 2024’s strategies for harnessing California’s world-leading creative, media and technology assets to help connect the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the future.

The IOC Evaluation Commission indicates that LA 2024 is “prepared to put its storytelling skills, creative energy and cutting-edge technologies to thrill and inspire the world.” The report also states, “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.”

According to the online poll conducted in February by the IOC for the report, 78% of people in Los Angeles support the LA 2024 bid - a significantly higher proportion than recent US bids from Chicago (67%) and New York (59%) enjoyed and further evidence of local communities’ enthusiasm for bringing the Games back to LA. The survey showed 8% of LA residents oppose the Games. The strong public support is consistent with the independent telephone poll conducted by Loyola Marymount University, which found 88% public support for LA 2024 in February 2016.

LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: “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.

“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.”

LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes said: “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.

“Now we look forward to sharing with the full IOC Membership our truly sustainable solution that encourages future cities to bid for the Games, engages the world’s youth and secures the long-term financial stability of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.”

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