The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed Wednesday that the Evaluation Commission visit to Los Angeles originally scheduled for April 23 will instead take place for three days starting May 10. A team of 14 members and experts will visit the city to evaluate plans for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid, and to make site inspections of various venues and facilities.
The Commission had been set to visit Budapest on those days but last week the Hungarian capital withdrew from the race after losing government support, creating an opening for LA. Paris’ scheduled visit remains unchanged, planned to begin May 14.
On Tuesday Patrick Baumann was named new Chair of the Commission, taking over from Frank Fredericks who resigned his post after French police alleged he received a payment eight years ago that was intended to influence the election of Rio 2016 to host the Olympic Games. Fredericks has denied any wrongdoing but said stepping down would be in the best interests of the bid race.
After the visits, the Evaluation Commission will publish a report that will be released in July, ahead of technical presentations by the two bids to IOC members in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The IOC will vote for the winning city September 13 in Lima. Peru.
A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.