Los Angeles County supervisors back 2024 Olympic bid proposal

Los Angeles has previously hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984 – the 2024 Games would mark the 40th anniversary of the latter Games – and the board of supervisors will now send a letter to the USOC to formally put forward its interest and work with the private Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG) to develop a bid.

“Los Angeles is home to more Olympians than anywhere in the world, and has twice hosted the Summer Olympic Games,” read the proposal written by board chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas.

“The traditional reverence for sport among Los Angelenos, combined with their vast creative infrastructure, make Los Angeles uniquely capable as an Olympic host.

“Los Angeles can draw deeply on its past and present strengths to stage the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 in a way that both respects tradition and the Olympic Charter and introduces new and exciting approaches to this great worldwide celebration.”

Earlier this year, Los Angeles became the first American city to formally register its interest in bidding for the 2024 event after the USOC send a letter to 35 cities to gauge their interest in putting themselves forward to bid for the Games.

Then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke of Los Angeles’ “enthusiastic interest” to put forward a bid, which, he said, already has the backing of the City Council and high profile figures such as actor Tom Hanks, Walt Disney chair Robert Iger and Barcelona 1992 basketball gold medallist Magic Johnson.

1984 Olympics
1984 Olympics


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