Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 11:16 AM
Mayor Eric Garcetti took a swipe at the French capital Tuesday, arguing before an audience in Denmark that Los Angeles would be a better host than Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics because it can offer “something creative and new — not more of the same” at this “important time” for the Olympic Movement.
The mayor was delivering part of a presentation that LA 2024, the panel spearheading the effort to be selected by the International Olympic Committee as the host of the Olympic Games in seven years, gave in Arhus, Denmark, to the General Assembly of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.
Other members of the L.A. delegation were LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman, LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes and LA 2024 Chief Strategy Officer Angela Ruggiero. Garcetti set out why Los Angeles, the summer Olympics host in 1932 and 1984, represents the “ideal partner” for the Olympic Movement Tuesday.
“It’s important we draw a distinction in our vision here today, because although many believe the two bids in this race are quite similar, they are, in fact, very different, the mayor said. LA 2024 offers the Olympic Movement something creative and new — not more of the same.
First, we don’t have to build a single permanent new venue. That’s very important because it means a `no risk, no surprises’ budget. Next, we can harness the 100 million people under 25 in America, and the power of our $250 billion-dollar sports market for your sports.
And finally, we can help create a new Olympic connection to the world’s youth with the incredible intersection of new media, technology and Hollywood storytelling found only in California.”
Garcetti also touted his city’s status as an international melting pot.
…We’re a city that is not defined by a single culture; almost 40 percent of my fellow Angelenos were born outside the United States — that, my friends is unity, not simply diversity. We’re the face of the world today, and of our country tomorrow.”
And the mayor pointed to popular support for the games in his city — an element bidding cities have not always enjoyed.
“What’s so different about LA 2024? Well, for starters, we have an incredible level of 88 percent public support,” he said. “LA is a city in love with the Olympics — it’s part of who we are because it’s in our DNA.”
Ruggiero, in her presentation segment, revealed LA 2024’s plans to give international sports federations a greater role in the planning and presentation of their sports.
“Our commitment to the IFs is not just for the 16 days of the Games in 2024; it is for the seven-year build-up and beyond,” she said.
Wasserman closed the presentation by describing why Los Angeles is the 2024 candidate City that promises the Olympic and Paralympic Movement new ideas and creativity, credibility and stability, and reduced risk for the next seven years and beyond.
“LA 2024 is not a government project, with all the risk and uncertainty that implies in today’s world,” he said.
“ Just like our bid, our Games will be privately funded and privately managed, free of government interference. LA 2024 will achieve two very important goals: minimize financial and execution risk, and maximize the experience for each of your sports at the Games.”