Los Angeles City Council backs 2028 Olympic bid

At the July 31 announcement in Carson that Los Angeles has been named to host the 2028 Olympic Games Mayor Eric Garcetti is flanked by IOC member Anita Defrantz left City Council President Herb Wesson L.A. Olympic bid committee president Casey Wasserm

"We're really disappointed in today's result", said Steve Ducey, a spokesman for the "No Olympics Los Angeles Coalition", citing the city's problems with homelessness, which has risen 23 percent in the past year according to the latest city data.

"My top priorities in this process are to protect Los Angeles taxpayers and create new opportunities for young Angelenos to play sports, and be healthy", LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.

With Los Angeles coming up with the 2028 bid for the Games, the athletes and volunteers from the previous LA Olympics reflect upon their experiences.

Los Angeles was granted the right to stage the 2028 Olympics after cutting a deal with Paris to step aside in the race for the 2024 Games.

"Today's vote isn't just about 2028", said Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson.

Despite the 12-0 council vote, dozens of protesters opposed to the agreement shouted anti-Games slogans during the meeting and at the news conference afterwards.

In addition to the lack of an independent analysis of a formal budget for 2028, another potential risk factor is that part of the '24 deal included a 250 million guarantee from the state of California to cover possible cost overruns. The vote immediately followed a meeting of the council's committee on the Olympics, which also unanimously voted for the agreements.

If approved, the International Olympic Committee can move forward with awarding both the Summer 2024 and 2028 Games at its Session in Lima, Peru on Sep. 13.

"Look, there's 11 years before the Games, so it wouldn't hurt if they took a year or even six months instead of rushing", Jed Parriott, an organiser of the NOlympics LA group, told the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles 2028 are also receiving concessions from the International Olympic Committee for hosting the later event.

Los Angeles started off competing with other cities around the world for the 2024 Games, but eventually all bidders except for Los Angeles and Paris dropped out. With the Legislature on recess, it is not guaranteed that the state will approve the same amount for 2028 by a deadline of August 18.

The LA 2028 bid committee has said it can stage the Games without public money, covering all costs through corporate sponsorships, ticket sales and other revenue sources.

"This new MOU ensures that our City priorities remain front-and-center in LA 2028's preparations for the Games". It is expected the council will rubber stamp the changes.

Los Angeles officials have said the city would not need to build any new permanent venues to host the Games since LA already has multiple stadiums, arenas and college campuses. "I remember getting a gold medal and running around the track".



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