Los Angeles unleashes star power to woo IOC in Olympic bid

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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, meanwhile, has also been named chair of a Solideo Committee responsible for delivering all facilities and venues necessary to host the Olympics and Paralympics.

"Paris is a special city and everybody in this commission has a special attachment with this city".

International Olympic Committee delegates and LA 2024 bid officials shot hoops on the court famously graced by the likes of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal during the Lakers' most recent golden era.

"Growing up in Los Angeles taught me that anyone can succeed as long as they have dreams and goals", Williams, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, said in a statement.

"We believe LA offers the greatest benefit to the Olympic movement in 2024 - why wait until 2028 to experience that?" . "This visit has certainly confirmed our opinion that Los Angeles has developed an excellent proposal".

This week's trip to Los Angeles comes amid a backdrop of intrigue surrounding the September 13 vote in Lima that will decide the victor, with the International Olympic Committee actively studying a proposal to offer the 2028 hosting rights to the losing bid. Organisers say spectators will be able to travel around the city using public transportation, including a beefed-up metro system, but LA is up against Paris's first-rate metro.

"It goes from spectacular venues to impressive venues, to mindblowing venues to incredible venues", Baumann said.

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People close to the Los Angeles bid said a potential visit to Lima was not simply a question of Trump's politics, but also the security apparatus that accompanies a traveling US president.

"It has made our bid stronger and we know that our engagement with you over the next three days will make it stronger still".

"If the rules change, I think any city would have to look at the terms of what a 2028 award means", Garcetti said.

An IOC inspection team will be in Paris from Sunday for three days to assess the city's bid after paying a similar visit to Los Angeles, the only other candidate to host the 2024 Games.

To win, Paris will need to compete with the vast popularity of the Games in Los Angeles where in an independent survey previous year 88 per cent of Angelenos say they support the bid. "They channeled the excitement they felt when the Olympic Games last came to their city into an all-out effort to bring the Games back to this city". "Either way, we will have fantastic Olympic Games", IOC evaluation commission chairman Patrick Baumann told The Associated Press.on Monday May 8, 2017.

"That history is here and we want to repeat that and have it again", added Felix, who is the only female track and field athlete in Olympic history to win six gold medals. "The legacy of 1984 lives on not only in the venues but also and more importantly in the people who were inspired by those Games".

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