Officials from L.A. 2024, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met with IOC President Thomas Bach in Lausanne, Switzerland Wednesday to discuss Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun and LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman met with IOC President Thomas Bach and members of the IOC administration at IOC headquarters to discuss their initial Games plan and how Los Angeles can host the 2024 Games.
Bid Chief Casey Wasserman said “we had a very productive meeting today with IOC President Bach. As this will be the first full Olympic bid campaign conducted under the new Agenda 2020 guidelines, we look forward to showing how a Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games can produce tremendous benefits for our city, leave a fully sustainable legacy for our residents and elevate the Olympic Movement around the world.”
After Boston pulled out of its bid to host the Games in July, Bach iterated his expectation that the United States come through with a bid, as the organization had already committed. To emphasize the point, he changed the semantics he typically used to list interested bidders from the typical bid cities, now to bid countries. In the list he included the United States.
Now that L.A. has been offered as a nomination it was important that the team meet with Bach quickly ahead of the September 15 deadline, and to crowd out any Boston memories – a bid that Bach admitted that he had become frustrated with.
While a similar Boston delegation met in Lausanne in May, No Boston Olympic sent a letter to IOC Executive Director Christophe Dubi outlining concerns, and back at home local press revealed a “secret” initial bid document with financial details that had not been previously shared – both overshadowing the promotional opportunity.
No such hurdles conflicted with the L.A. visit Thursday.
Wednesday’s meeting reflects the IOC’s newly created Invitation Phase ahead of the September 15, 2015 deadline for cities to be officially submitted to the IOC. The IOC will then issue new guidelines to bid cities expected to further bring the bidding process in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 – the IOC’s strategic road map for the future of the Olympic Movement.
Meanwhile, the U.S. President has shared his thoughts on Los Angeles’ selection to bid for the Games.
From Air Force One Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest wrote “the President is enthusiastic about the US Olympic committee announcement that the City of Los Angeles will be the US bid for the 2024 Olympic games.”
“The City of Los Angeles has twice hosted the summer Olympic Games and we are enthusiastic about the prospect of them hosting those games again.”
“Both the President and the First Lady are very enthusiastic and very supportive of the bid.”