Serena Williams, Biles join LA's 2024 Games bid

Beach volleyball on Santa Monica Beach was among the potential venues inspected by the IOC

Los Angeles this week auditioned to play the part of host of the 2024 Summer Olympics, wowing an International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegation with high-wattage star power and a fine-tuned pitch claiming LA is ready-made for the games.

The legacy of past Games is still visible around the city, especially with the Olympic cauldron from the 1932 edition burning atop Memorial Coliseum.

Los Angeles officials are competing against authorities in Paris, France to host the 2024 Olympics, after fellow bidders in Hamburg, Germany, Rome, Italy, and Budapest, Hungary all dropped out of contention.

The 2024 host city is scheduled to be selected on September 13 in Lima, Peru.

A conversation between an International Olympic Committee member and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a social function later that night confirmed as much. We are ready to share with them everything that Paris has to offer and demonstrate why Paris is the flawless partner and ideal host of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The commission wraps up the visit on Friday before heading to Paris where that bid will be put under the Olympic microscope.

"With financial and political stability and support, we are ready right now", Hidalgo said. Sources inside the Paris bid team told Reuters that the meeting would probably happen "on Tuesday morning".

Garcetti has said a "transport revolution" was underway in a city as well-known for its gridlock as the sun and surf.




Los Angeles have tabled a bid estimated at 5.3 billion dollars (4.8 billion euros).

Bid chiefs said that Los Angeles' readiness to stage the Olympics, using existing or already planned venues, meant more resources could be devoted to delivering an enhanced athlete experience.

The Evaluation Commission will begin a three-day visit of 2024 rival Paris starting on Sunday, before publishing reports on both bids in early July.

"We've seen the mayor shoot baskets, run with Nawal El Moutawakel, an Olympian and gold medalist in 1984", said Baumann, teasing the mayor. Paris 2024 leaders are confident they have found a strong ally in France's new president Emmanuel Macron. "We all know this is a big city but they have a compelling plan that is in line with what is required for the host of an Olympic games".

EUROPEAN ATHLETICS President Svein Arne Hansen has endorsed the Paris 2024 bid for the Olympic Games. "We have two cities with a wonderful Olympic spirit".

"I think that the "1984 boys", Mayor Garcetti and Casey Wasserman, bring a powerful combination of intelligence, enthusiasm and energy to this task", Baumann said.

He also congratulated Paris for going ahead and building the residential area that would have been the 2012 Olympic village had they beaten London.

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