Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

LA Given Greater Oversight of 2028 Olympics

At the July 31 announcement in Carson that Los Angeles has been named to host the 2028 Olympic Games Mayor Eric Garcetti is flanked by IOC member Anita Defrantz left City Council President Herb Wesson L.A. Olympic bid committee president Casey Wasserm City Council To Vote On 2028 Olympics Before Budget Is Finalized
Velma Reese | 13 August, 2017, 07:39

Among the athletes in attendance was Carl Lewis, who 33 years ago today won his fourth Olympic gold medal and set a new world record in the 4 x100 metres relay at Los Angeles 1984.

"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 programmes to every community in Los Angeles", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said after the meeting.

The decision means LA can enter into a host city contract with the International Olympic Committee when the IOC officially awards the 2028 Olympics to LA as it is expected to next month, Curbed Los Angeles reports.

The LA City Council unanimously approved an agreement Friday for LA to host the 2028 Olympics.

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".

Bid leaders had initially sought to win the 2024 Summer Olympics, providing a detailed budget and independent analysis that council members approved earlier this year.

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Despite the 12-0 council vote, dozens of protesters opposed to the agreement shouted anti-Games slogans during the meeting and at the news conference afterwards. Nor will they have an independent evaluation of that updated budget. If that approval is given, the IOC, Los Angeles and Paris will work on a formal three-way agreement in advance of the IOC's meeting in Lima, Peru, on September 13, when the Games will officially be awarded.

Los Angeles 2028 are also receiving concessions from the International Olympic Committee for hosting the later event. The IOC has reached a tripartite agreement with the cities of Paris and Los Angeles to forego the usual host city election and give the 2024 edition to Paris followed by LA in 2028. With the Legislature on recess, it is not guaranteed that the state will approve the same amount for 2028 by a deadline of August 18.

The new memorandum provides city representation on the LA 2028 Board of Directors, gives the city consent rights over significant venue changes within Los Angeles and $270 million of the projected $500 million Games budget contingency, an increase from $250 million, according to LA 2028.

"This new MOU ensures that our City priorities remain front-and-center in LA 2028's preparations for the Games".

The LA City Council still needs to approve the new MOU at its meeting on August 11. It is expected the council will rubber stamp the changes.

Olympics in LA really coming in 2028!

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