(ATR) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the International Olympic Committee will experience the pomp and circumstance the city has to offer without it seeming forced during their 2024 evaluation commission visit this week.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (ATR)
Garcetti tells Around the Rings
the great atmosphere the 13-member IOC commission will experience is a byproduct of the enthusiasm its citizens show towards hosting the Games.
“There’s a real buzz in the city about the Olympics,” Garcetti tells ATR
Editor Ed Hula on the latest edition of ATRadio. “But we were very conscious too that we didn’t want to line the streets with school children or have a marching band at the airport.
“We want them to have an honest picture of what Los Angeles is like every day and what it will be like when the Olympic are here – the sunshine, the activity, the culture.”
The 2024 evaluation commission led by FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann and accompanied by IOC executive director Christophe Dubi arrives in LA on May 9. The commission will spend the next three days touring the city, holding private meetings with the Los Angeles 2024 bid team as well as joint press conferences.
Garcetti says the vast support the bid enjoys from the public – 88 percent in favor of the Games according to polls – will manifest itself when the IOC members arrive to evaluate the city.
“We hope they’ll feel that enthusiasm, but again we’re not trying to do anything special we just want to show them how special every day in LA is,” Garcetti says, adding that a strong lineup of celebrities and famous athletes will accompany the festivities.
While the bid also enjoys strong support from President Donald Trump, he will not make an appearance during the three-day visit. However, Garcetti notes that President Trump is seeking a one-on-one with IOC President Thomas Bach in the coming weeks.
“That’s something that President Trump offered to President Bach when they spoke in January and I know they are looking forward to cementing that relationship between the United States government and the IOC that had frayed, quite frankly, for too many years.”
The IOC will depart Los Angeles for Paris on May 13 where it will inspect the only other contender for the 2024 Summer Games from May 14-16.
Listen below for the full interview with Garcetti and Hula:
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