Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the most decorated female track-and-field Olympian in history, Allyson Felix will lead the LA 2024 Olympic bid delegation to the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Doha, Qatar next week.
The annual meeting is a key event on the international sport calendar drawing about 1,000 delegates from 206 nations around the world, and will double as the stage for the three Olympic bid cities as they make the first critical presentations showcasing their Olympic projects.
Each city Tuesday will get twenty-minutes and six stage positions for presenters to sell their bids to the stakeholders.
The LA 2024 team features LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman, CEO Gene Sykes and Vice Chair and four-time Olympic champion swimmer Janet Evans, along with the United States’ three IOC Members – LA 2024 Chief Strategy Officer Angela Ruggiero, LA 2024 Senior Advisor for Legacy Anita DeFrantz and United States Olympic Committee Chairman Larry Probst along with USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said “the ANOC General Assembly highlights the wonderful diversity and unity of the Olympic Movement, bringing together more countries than the United Nations. LA 2024 is honored, humbled and excited to be a part of it.”
LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said “LA 2024 is grateful to Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and ANOC, as well as the International Olympic Committee and our hosts the Qatar Olympic Committee, for the opportunity to participate in this critical gathering of the NOC family. Our city’s array of existing world-class venues would make LA 2024 the most sustainable, lowest risk Games in history, and allow us to spend our time focusing not on construction deadlines but on optimizing the experience of every visitor.”
Six-time Olympic champion and LA 2024 presenter Allyson Felix said “I was born and raised in Los Angeles, in the same neighborhood as the LA Memorial Coliseum, and I’m incredibly proud to be representing the city I love. But I am also here to represent the voice of the athletes – not just from the US, but those from around the world whose feedback the LA 2024 Athletes’ Advisory Commission has been gathering for the last year.
“I owe so much in my development as an athlete to my National Olympic Committee, and the same is true for Olympians worldwide. The ANOC General Assembly, and the ANOC Awards in particular, are great events and give us a wonderful opportunity to learn about and honor the remarkable work of the world’s NOCs.”
Paris’ bid team will also be headed by the city’s Mayor, Anne Hidalgo – along with athletes and sport leaders.
Budapest’s contingent will feature Olympic and world champion athletes from across Hungary including gymnastics champion and Chairman of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Zsolt Borkai and modern pentathlon champion Attila Mizsér.
The presentations are the first of three opportunities allotted throughout the campaign, the second set for a special IOC members session to be held in Lausanne in July and the third – a final presentation to be made just prior to the vote – scheduled for 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.