LOS ANGELES – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Monday met with the LA 2024 Candidature Committee in Los Angeles and visited key venues in LA 2024’s proposed Games Plan at UCLA and USC. President Bach is in Los Angeles taking in some of the city’s world-class sporting and cultural highlights and includes meetings with the Candidature Committee and its partners at City Hall and the USOC, and an overview of LA 2024’s progressive yet fiscally responsible Games Plan.
President Bach and members of the IOC staff arrived in the 2024 Candidate City on Sunday evening before attending a Lakers NBA Basketball Game at the world-famous Staples Center, accompanied by Olympic champion and LA 2024 Vice-Chair Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. On Monday morning, President Bach met with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson who outlined the city’s commitment to hosting the Games. He went on to meet USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Senior Vice President Todd Dickey at the USC campus to review the renovation plans for the iconic Coliseum and the proposed site for the LA 2024 Media Village, before visiting the LA 2024 offices.
On Monday afternoon, President Bach visited the UCLA campus, the proposed venue for the LA 2024 Olympic Village. There he met and ate with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Vice Chancellor Steve Olsen at the Bruin Plate dining facility before being given a tour of the state-of-the-art sports and accommodation facilities. President Bach also met Olympic legends including LA 2024 Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans, Steve Alford, Kobe Bryant, Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Allyson Felix and Carl Lewis.
Later, President Bach visited the Getty Center museum and dined with the LA 2024 leadership team and more than thirty local business and community leaders, including Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, labor leader María Elena Durazo and LA84 Foundation President Renata Simril. Tomorrow, President Bach will travel to California’s Silicon Valley to meet with technology executives and see how some of the world’s leading innovations in digital media and green technologies might be harnessed for the benefit of the Olympic Movement.
In addition to President Bach, the IOC delegation includes Director General Christophe de Kepper, Chief of Staff Marcus Hausen, Spokesman’s Services Director Mark Adams, Head of Protocol and Relations with IOC Members Marina Baramia and Head of Communications for German Speaking Countries Christian Klaue. LA 2024 is represented by Chair Casey Wasserman, CEO Gene Sykes, Vice Chairs Durazo, Evans and Johnson, and candidature committee staff, along with American IOC members Anita DeFrantz, Larry Probst and Angela Ruggiero and United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun and Chief External Relations Officer Patrick Sandusky.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “You have done a great job in thinking how, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, you can link your great Olympic legacy with an even greater Olympic future. How you can build this future on the strong foundation you have. You are a strong candidate and it is a great race of four excellent cities, trying to embrace Olympic Agenda 2020 from very different angles. We now know wherever the Olympic Games take place in 2024 they will be great Games.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “We were honored to welcome President Bach and the IOC to Los Angeles. Our city has changed considerably since we last hosted the Olympics but our love for the Games remains stronger than ever. If LA has the honor of hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games we will create a new games for a new era. We are committed to delivering a meaningful legacy not just for our city but for the region, the nation and the entire Olympic Movement.”
LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman added: “We are very grateful to President Bach for taking the time to come and visit LA. His visit was an excellent opportunity for LA 2024 to show him, in person, the world-class facilities and venues we propose using should we have the honor of hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To a large extent, President Bach did not need to imagine what the Games would look like in 2024; he was able to see it today. We are very fortunate that our wealth of existing and planned infrastructure means we are selecting the best choices, like the UCLA and USC campuses and their outstanding sports and accommodation facilities, not building them. Today, we were able to show President Bach that we will be able to deliver a fiscally responsible Games aligned with the sustainable principles of Olympic Agenda 2020.”
USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said: “The USOC is always delighted to host President Bach in the United States. Our nation is a loyal and passionate partner of the Olympic Movement and we are committed to working under President Bach’s leadership and Olympic Agenda 2020 to contribute to a brighter future for the Olympic Movement. Working in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles and LA 2024, we believe that our bid to bring the Games back to the US for the first time in 28 years can do just that. LA is an innovative city located in one of the most innovative regions in the world. LA 2024 is ready to harness this world-leading tech, education and innovation capability and put it at the service of the Olympic Movement around the world.”