Los Angeles could bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics after the United States Olympic Committee confirmed talks.
“The Board authorized Scott Blackmun to work with Los Angeles to further explore the viability of the bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games“. Then again, if Sochi could land the Winter Olympics last year, there’s nothing wrong with Los Angeles winning the bid for an event that isn’t going to happen for another decade.
“Hopefully to finalize conditions that advantage both Los Angeles’ town and also the Olympic Activity within the USA to ensure that we are able to publish a global-course bet towards the IOC“.
“California is a great place and it’s not by accident our Olympic heritage is so strong”, said Cribbs, a 1960 Olympic swimmer.
“We continue to believe a U.S. bid for the 2024 Games can be successful and at the end of the meeting our board focused our discussion on a potential bid by Los Angeles“, Probst said on a conference call following the USOC board meeting at the Denver airport.
Internal polling conducted by the USOC earlier this month found that 81 percent of Los Angeles residents surveyed supported the city hosting a third Olympic Games in 2024.
“The people of Los Angeles are very proud of their Olympic legacy and I think they’re very, very excited about the opportunity that the Games present”, Blackmun said. “This is who we are, it is our destiny”, he said. The IOC will vote on the 2024 host in 2017.
But the USOC in January opted for Boston and the bid seemed doomed from the start as public support eroded.
“I think there absolutely will be some public dialogue and the Mayor Garcetti is very committed to that obviously that will be led by Mayor Garcetti and by Casey Wasserman”.
For the first time since 1996, the Olympics could be returning to the United States.
The USOC also spoke with officials from San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as well as other cities since pulling the plug on Boston. The Games would unite our communities, generate significant economic benefits, and with our world-class venues, be affordable and profitable like they were in 1932 and 1984. “There is a whole generation of Americans that hasn’t seen the Games on American soil”.
Preliminary discussions between Los Angeles officials and the USOC have already begun, and Blackmun hoped to have a deal completed by the end of the month.
If Los Angeles is chosen as America’s bidder, it could be up against potential foreign bidders such as Rome; Nairobi, Kenya; Casablanca, Morocco; Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa; Doha, Qatar; Melbourne, Australia; Paris; Hamburg, Germany; and St. Petersburg, Russia.
“We want to address that”.