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Magic Johnson Joins Los Angeles 2024 Olympic/Paralympic Bid Team

By Associated Press | Nov. 11, 2015, 3:49 p.m. (ET)

Magic Johnson walks the We Day Red Carpet at We Day Illinois 2015 at Allstate Arena on April 30, 2015 in Chicago.

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Famer and 1992 Olympian Magic Johnson has been named vice chair of the group trying to lure the 2024 Olympic Games to Los Angeles.

Johnson, who won five NBA titles with the Lakers, says in a statement that Los Angeles is "the best sports town in America."

The Los Angeles 2024 committee also said Wednesday that prominent labor leader Maria Elena Durazo would join Johnson as a vice chair of the board.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans was named a vice chair in September.

The panel says they add expertise in sports, business and labor relations to LA's Olympic bid.

The International Olympic Committee will select the 2024 host in 2017.

Los Angeles is competing against proposals from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary.