- Title: Los Angeles City Council backs 2028 Olympic bid
- Date: 11th August 2017
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 11, 2017) (REUTERS) WIDE OF LOS ANGELES CITY HALL CHAMBER WITH CITY COUNCIL IN SESSION PROTESTERS OPPOSED LA OLYMPIC BID HOLDING UP SIGNS READING 'HOMES NOT GAMES' OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALISTS CARL LEWIS (TRACK AND FIELD) AND JANET EVANS (SWIMMING) AT THE MEETING (SOUNDBITE) (English) CARL LEWIS, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, SAYING: "This isn't just about an Olympic Games it isn't 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. This isn't it either or. I did four events, so I didn't pick one that I had to do, I pick them all. So why can't we want it all and use it the 2028 Olympics to solve it all day." COUNCIL VOTE FOLLOWED BY APPLAUSE (SOUNDBITE) (English) ERIC GARCETTI, LOS ANGELES MAYOR, SAYING: "We know what it means to bring the Olympics. So don't take our word for it. Take the word of Angelenos who came up to me from the first moment I entered this City Hall and said, back then as a Council member now Mayor, fight to bring the Olympics home. And today we are bringing them home." (SOUNDBITE) (English) STEVE DUCEY, NO OLYMPICS LOS ANGELES COALITION, SAYING: "We're really disappointed in today's result but we're going to keep pressing forward. The main reason why we're opposed to the Olympics coming to Los Angeles is because the city is in crisis. We have a housing crisis. We have a homelessness crisis. Fifty five thousand people on the streets of L.A. County every night and the Olympic Games isn't going to fix that. And historically it makes that situation significantly worse." WIDE OF PRESS CONFERENCE OUTSIDE CITY HALL
- Embargoed: 25th August 2017 23:32
- Keywords: Olympics Los Angeles LA2028 Carl Lewis olympic bid
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Olympics,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TPRWVZ
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- Story Text:The Los Angeles City Council on Friday (August 11) voted unanimously to authorize the city to sign a contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2028 Summer Games.
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 with any cost overruns associated with the $5.3 billion sporting event.
Under the agreement, LA 2028, the committee behind the city's Olympic campaign, will invest up to $160 million to increase youth sports programs in the city during the 11 year run-up to the Games.
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.
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