USOC: We don't foresee an LA bid for any Olympics other than 2024
LA 2024, Los Angeles’ bid to host the Olympic Games in that year, will not consider adapting the bid for the 2028 games, in the wake of reports that the International Olympic Committee could consider appointing hosts for the 2024 and 2028 games simultaneously, according to the minutes of a US Olympic Committee board of directors meeting held on 13 December.
The reports followed IOC president Thomas Bach’s statement last month that there are still “too many losers” in the awarding of Olympic Games, despite changes to the process introduced by the Olympic Agenda 2020 reform programme.
The USOC meeting minutes state: “After a full and frank exchange of ideas, issues, and possibilities, there was general agreement that the LA 2024 bid is specifically configured and calculated for 2024 rather than 2028 activation; neither LA 2024 nor the USOC have focused at all on the possibility of any bid other than for the 2024 Games; and the USOC Board does not foresee pursuing any bid other than for the 2024 Games.”
Speaking last month in a press conference after an IOC executive board meeting in Lausanne, Bach sparked reports that the IOC could consider allocating the hosts of two successive games simultaneously, in order to reduce the field of losers (perhaps even as soon as the next IOC Session in Lima in September when the IOC will choose between Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris to host the 2024 games), by saying: “The procedure now produces too many losers. You can be happy with a strong field [of candidates] one day but then regret it the next day. It’s not our purpose to produce losers; our purpose is to produce the best possible host.”
However, asked specifically whether this could mean the 2024 and 2028 games being awarded simultaneously, Bach was evasive, saying: “The procedure for 2024 is already under way, so we’re very happy there. This is why in the executive board we also promoted all three cities to the next stage.”
All three cities were, as expected, approved to go on to the next round of bidding during the meeting.
Bach continued: “But we have to think long-term. We have already started with 2024 by reducing the number of losers in the invitation phase. We already advised three potential other candidates not to put their candidature forward. One point to consider is how to strengthen the invitation phase, entering into dialogue with some cities at an even earlier stage. I don’t have a golden rule in my hand but I’m sure that there we have to make changes in this procedure.”
Asked a second time whether such changes could affect the 2024 bid procedure, Bach said: “Let us study this question, which is not an easy one. The procedure for 2024 is under way and is confirmed with all three cities in this candidature.”
Meanwhile, LA 2024 bid leaders welcomed news that the city experienced a sixth consecutive record-breaking year for tourism in 2016, claiming that it offered “further evidence of the city’s ability to deliver an unforgettable Games-time experience in 2024.”
LA 2024 said that a total of 47.3 million visitors “were drawn to the City of Angels’ beaches, mountain trails, world-class sports events and diverse cultural attractions in 2016, an increase of nearly 4 per cent on 2015.”
Casey Wasserman, LA 2024’s chairman, added: “The continued increase in LA’s already impressive tourism numbers reinforces our belief that the City of Angels would serve as the perfect stage for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. From our wealth of new cultural attractions and restaurants, to our abundance of world-class sporting venues and breath-taking natural beauty, LA has it all. LA 2024 is eager to show off the New LA to the world, and put our city’s best at the service of the Olympic Movement to create the best possible Games experience for all stakeholders.”Sportcal