US Olympic Cities Signal Support for LA 2028

Posted September 14, 2017

"Nearly 50 iconic locations across Los Angeles, including Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Bowl, the City Hall, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Long Beach Harbor Lighthouse and the Rose Bowl, among others, will be illuminated in the colours of LA's dramatic sunsets and the LA 2028 logo to mark the return of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the City of Angels", said LA 2028, Los Angeles' Olympic organising committee, on Tuesday.

The joint marketing agreement had to be reworked when Los Angeles agreed to host the 2028 Games, with Paris staging the 2024 Olympics.

LA will be officially announced as the host city for those Games today, while Paris is set to be confirmed as the venue for the 2024 edition.

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"It's a big win and we are here to really enjoy it", said Paris 2024 bid co-chief Tony Estanguet, reflecting the triumphant mood among the French delegation as Wednesday's vote neared. "By law I can't be mayor in 2028 but I will be a resident of Los Angeles and I'm excited to see what I can bring to the city".

Los Angeles received concessions for agreeing to host four years later, including receiving a portion of the IOC's surplus from the Olympics to fund youth sports programs in the city.

"Credibility is one of the three pillars of Olympic Agenda 2020", and "a new good governance system of the IOC has been introduced" as part of the reform programme", said the declaration on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

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International Olympic Committee chief Bach first signalled publicly that the double-award of an Olympics could be on the agenda in December previous year, lamenting that the bidding process produced "too many losers". So this is a victory for Los Angeles.

Johnson's last outing at the Olympics came in Sydney in 2000, where he successfully defended his 400m title, but the 50-year-old will have no feelings of envy towards any competitors when the Games return to United States soil in 2028. The announcement follows the IOC's landmark July decision to award both Summer Olympics simultaneously. "I am confident that Pyeongchang will be the safest place during the Games", had said Friday, Gian Franco Kasper, a member of the executive Committee of the IOC.

"On the contrary, we could feel support for our position".

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