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Olympics: LA approves host city contract for 2028 Games

12 Août 2017

Acting well before an August 18 deadline, the Los Angeles City Council Friday unanimously approved final agreements that will bring the 2028 Olympics to Los Angeles.

"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. The council received a report on the various agreements on Wednesday, two days before its anticipated vote.

A 12-0 vote today sealed the LA City Council's support for the new deal with additional International Olympic Committee contribution and funding for youth sports. The IOC has reached a tripartite agreement with the cities of Paris and Los Angeles to forego the usual host city election and give the 2024 edition to Paris followed by LA in 2028.

In a short 11 years, Los Angeles will have the opportunity to repeat what they created 33 years ago today, this time with more up-to-date facilities that spread across a wide range of the LA area.

A Los Angeles City Council committee is taking public comment on a proposal for LA to host the 2028 Olympics before the full council votes on the plan.

The IOC also agreed to waive $50 million in fees and contribute up to $2 billion of its broadcast and sponsorship revenues to the Games, more than the $1.7 billion pledged to Paris for 2024.

The full council is expected to endorse documents at the heart of LA's plan to stage the 2028 Summer Games.

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

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Today the City Council Chamber was buzzing with 50 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and City leaders who joined LA 2028 to express their support for bringing the Games back to LA.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti also endorsed the idea.

"This new MOU ensures that our City priorities remain front-and-center in LA 2028's preparations for the Games".

A potential risk factor in moving forward with 2028 is that part of the 2024 deal included $250 million from the state.

With the legislature in recess, it is impossible to immediately guarantee they will approve the same amount for 2028.

However, both Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon have submitted letters to the council stating their support for the '28 bid and commitment to work to secure the funding, which would be used to cover any budget overruns.

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, a member of the LA 2028 council, believes the Games could help with LA's social and economic issues. "Together with the united support of the City Council and the people of Los Angeles, we will deliver the greatest Games possible in 2028".

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.

Olympics: LA approves host city contract for 2028 Games