Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Thursday submitted the third and final set of bid documents to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) covering topics included in the “Games Delivery, Experience and Venue Legacy” themes.
Recorded on USB memory drives as per new IOC requirements, the documents were received at headquarters in Lausanne a day in advance of the Friday deadline and the volume has been made available to the public (see links below).
Celebrations were held in California to mark the bid’s critical transition into the International promotion phase when all three candidates are permitted to begin marketing their key messages across the globe and to lobby IOC members and other constituent sport stakeholders at planned events.
On Thursday morning, hundreds of Angelenos joined Olympians, Paralympians and LA 2024 bid leaders in front of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a “sunrise celebration of Olympic spirit, fitness and healthy living” according to a bid statement.
To end the day, LA 2024’s Olympic Bid logo was projected on the Pacific Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier, the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel.
In its final deliverable, LA 2024 has pledged to connect the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the future with a high-tech, low-risk, sustainable and athlete-led Concept that will serve the Olympic Movement far beyond 2024.
The bid claims to be able to deliver on this goal by leveraging a fiscally responsible and sustainable plan that uses existing facilities; by growing “every Olympic and Paralympic sport in the $250 billion US sports market and around the world, connecting International Federations with America’s 100 million young people” and by connecting with today’s youth using “technology, entertainment and new media expertise found only in LA and California.”
For the athletes, LA 2024 intends to deliver beyond the typically expected scope. The newly submitted documents outline a plan for a digital Athlete Concierge that will include “a one-stop live information service, dynamic ticketing portal and athlete-only social network.”
Athletes will have access to a friends and family ticketing and accommodations program and a career transition program for retiring athletes that will utilize California’s universities.
Without the need to spend resources on construction projects to prepare for the Games, the bid claims, greater attention can be spent on the overall Athlete experience.
LA 2024 intends to support National Olympic Committees beyond American borders so that more nations win medals than ever before. If LA is chosen to host in 2024, organizers “will provide coordinated, subsidized training opportunities for [foreign] athletes at the many high-performance facilities in Southern California, including the world-class Chula Vista training center, and across the United States.”
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said “as LA 2024 enters the international campaign, it’s important for us as a city to remember just what we’re bidding for: the world’s greatest sporting event, significant economic benefits, and a chance to place LA’s extraordinary creativity and innovation at the service of the Olympic Movement.”
“But perhaps above all else, Los Angeles is bidding to unite the youth of the world in friendship and peace through sport in 2024.
“As the IOC considers the future of the Games after Olympic Agenda 2020, I hope they are looking for a partner who dreams as big as the Games deserve. If they do, then LA is the place to be in 2024.”
USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said “the U.S. Olympic Committee is excited about the prospect of deepening our cooperation with National Olympic Committees from around the world by welcoming them to the United States on the Road to Tokyo 2020 and LA 2024.”
“LA 2024’s Games Concept guarantees every NOC that their athletes will have everything they need to fulfill their potential at the Games.”
Paris has planned Olympic bid celebrations to be held Friday with an event staged at the Eiffel Tower. Budapest has said that it will keep its transition low-key, with any formal events taking place at a later date as bid officials deal with a domestic signature-collection campaign to force a referendum over Hungary’s Olympic project.
LA’s bid, along with rivals from Budapest and Paris, is set to give an introductory presentation at the General Assembly of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) that will be held during the SportAccord Convention in Aarhus, Denmark on April 4.
The IOC Evaluation Commission is set to visit LA for site inspections and document reviews starting April 23.
Then candidate city briefings will be held in Lausanne on July 11 and 12. Final presentations and the election of the winning city will be held September 13 in Lima, Peru.
More updates on this bid book submission day to come…
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.