The LA28 organizing committee for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games is set to lose its chief executive (CEO), Kathy Carter, it has been revealed.

Carter unveiled in a statement that she is stepping down with around four and a half years to go before the games begin.

She first joined LA28 in October 2018, as chief revenue officer, and then became CEO in September 2021.

In her statement, she said: “As anticipated, because LA28 is moving from a commercial and planning phase to an operational and delivery phase, now is the right time for me to pass the torch.

“As of 2024, I will transition from my role as CEO and am honored to continue with LA28 as senior advisor.”

Carter has up until now been heavily involved in striking major sponsorship deals covering the games.

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Casey Wasserman, chair of LA28, added that Carter had acted as a “driving force behind the first phase of our strategic plan.

He said: “As that phase nears completion, we have undoubtedly built a strong foundation for the next fours, and now is the time to transition to the next phase.”

Carter was the second LA28 chief executive – the first, Gene Sykes, is now chair of the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

The organizing committee has not yet given any details on the process through which a new CEO will be appointed.

In mid-October, the International Olympic Committee approved the five additional sports put forward for inclusion in the LA28 program.

Now approved, Twenty20 (T20) cricket, flag football, six-a-side lacrosse, squash, and baseball/softball will all take place at the games.

Of the five selections, two – squash and flag football – will be appearing at the Olympic games for the first time, while cricket, baseball/softball, and lacrosse will all be returning to the games after absences of various lengths.