Los Angeles City Council backs 2028
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[August 12, 2017]
By Rory Carroll
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles
City Council on Friday voted unanimously to authorize the city to sign a
contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2028
The contract gives the city a greater share of any financial surplus
from the Games and includes an IOC contribution of $2 billion but also
leaves Los Angeles to cover any cost overruns associated with the $5.3
billion sporting event.
"This opportunity is too great, we cannot pass it up," Los Angeles City
Council President Herb Wesson said before the vote.
"Who knows what the future holds but I have faith in you and this body
that if anything comes up we will make the necessary adjustments to make
this the most successful Games in the history of the Olympics."
Despite the 12-0 council vote, dozens of protesters opposed to the
agreement shouted anti-Games slogans during the meeting and at the news
"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.
"Fifty-five thousand people on the streets of LA County every night and
the Olympic Games isn't going to fix that. And historically it makes
that situation significantly worse," he added.
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
"The Olympic Games isn't just about sports. This is about our lives.
It's about making a difference and we can come together and work on all
the issues and problems we have together," he said.
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announces an agreement for the city
of Los Angeles to host the 2028 Olympic Games from Carson,
California U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Under the agreement, LA 2028, the committee behind the city's
Olympic campaign, will invest up to $160 million to increase youth
sports programmes in the city during the 11 year run-up to the
"Today's vote by the City Council is a resounding show of confidence
in our fiscally responsible plan for 2028 and more evidence of
Angelenos' passion to return the Games to LA," Los Angeles Mayor
Eric Garcetti said in a statement after the vote.
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.
The vote clears the way for Paris to host the 2024 Games. The IOC is
expected to vote to simultaneously award the 2024 and 2028 Games
hosting rights when it meets in Lima, Peru in September.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Additional reporting by Ben Gruber;
editing by Ken Ferris)
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