Los Angeles throws down gauntlet to Paris in 2024 hosting battle
08:13, May 16, 2017
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The group is to visit all the sites Thursday, including the Rose Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the campuses of Southern California and UCLA. If Paris is awarded the 2024 Games, the infrastructure budget is expected to total 3 billion euros, with operational costs of 3.2 billion euros.
The IOC team will be at an official welcome dinner Sunday night by Paris 2024.
A tour began at the famous Staples Center arena, the downtown home of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA team.
These latest salvos in the Paris narrative underline a shift in a almost ideal race to aim specifically at hosting the 2024 Games and not just one of the two 2024 / 2028 options that the International Olympic Committee is considering awarding in September.
The IOCevaluation commission has started its three-day visit to Paris to assess the French capital city's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
There was nothing in a statement from LA2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman earlier this month that suggested the city would consider anything other than 2024.
On Friday, Garcetti said the city "would listen if the rules change".
The IOC has four vice presidents looking into the prospect of awarding the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time in September.
"But I look at that as much for Paris as I look at it for L.A. That if you can create winners instead of so many losers, that's good for the movement".
"There is still some work to be done, not everything can happen overnight but we think there are excellent bases here", said Baumann, whose commission will present their report to the public and International Olympic Committee members in July.
"The project looks tangible in a sporting, social and economic sense", he said.
A day earlier, Garcetti said, "I'd love to go to Paris in 2028 and see my friends there".
The delegation, led by IOCEvaluation Commission chairman Patrick Baumann, arrived at Roissy Charles De Gaulle airport around 1:50 p.m. local time, and were welcomed by French Olympic Committee president Denis Masseglia, mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and Bernard Lapasset and Tony Estanguet, co-presidents of the Paris bid committee.
The bid, however, was not without a few thorny issues, including concerns over President Donald Trump's proposed travel restrictions on some nations, which could prevent Olympic athletes from gaining entry and competing in the United States.
"Not only is he doing us a major honor, but this is a ideal opportunity to answer some serious questions, it's a crucial meeting for the future", said Estanguet's fellow bid co-chairman Bernard Lapasset.
"[Paris] is very different [from LA] and quite right that we say it is quite exceptional".
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