IOC has praise for L.A. and Paris as it prepares to visit two cities bidding for 2024 Games




By SCOTT M. REID / STAFF WRITER

The International Olympic Committee praised bids by both Los Angeles and Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games on Thursday as the IOC host city evaluation commission prepares to visit the two cities.

The IOC evaluation commission completed its initial evaluation of Los Angeles and Paris in a two-day meeting this week at the IOC’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“The Commission’s work is just beginning, but it is already clear that both candidates have embraced the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020,” commission chairman Patrick Baumann said, referring to the IOC’s self-proclaimed reform package. “Both proposals incorporate well-known locations in these two great cities, and would deliver an excellent experience for athletes, spectators and other Games participants.”

The IOC will visit the two remaining host city candidates in the coming weeks. The group will visit Los Angeles on May 10-12 followed by a trip to Paris on May 14-16. The candidate cities will present their plans to the IOC and officials from Summer Olympic international sports federations July 11-12 in Lausanne.

“We are looking forward to taking a closer look at these two strong candidates during our site visits, to see in more detail how these well-developed plans would come to life at Games time and leave sustainable legacies,” Baumann said.

The IOC is scheduled to select the 2024 host city on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru, although IOC president Thomas Bach has raised the possibility of also awarding the 2028 Games to one of the cities this year. Both Los Angeles and Paris officials have insisted they are interested only in the 2024 Games.

“At this critical time, IOC’s 24/28 strategy is smart if ’24 city provides new ideas, stability & lowest risk for next 7 years. That’s @LA2024,” Los Angeles 2024 chairman Casey Wasserman tweeted last week.

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