VAN NUYS >> The Los Angeles City Council’s committee on the Olympics expressed support Friday for the city to pursue hosting the 2028 Summer Games while ceding the 2024 Games to Paris.
Members of the committee who spoke during the meeting said they believed the ‘28 bid would be advantageous for the city because of some potential financial gains and other factors.
“To me it seems very clear that this is a better package for the people of Los Angeles and it’s a safer package for the taxpayers and the budget of Los Angeles than we had for 2024, and that was a great package,” Councilman Paul Krekorian said.
The committee had not met since January, when it gave the go-ahead to the proposed contract and memorandum of understanding the city would sign if it landed the ‘24 Games. At the time, the idea of 2028 was not even on the table and the city was in a tight competition with Paris and Budapest, Hungary, to host in ‘24.
Much has changed since the meeting; Budapest dropped out of the running and the International Olympic Committee approved the idea of awarding both the ‘24 and ‘28 Games simultaneously.
On Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other leaders announced a tentative agreement to host in ‘28 as long as the Los Angeles City Council and U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors also approve of the change. If that approval is given, the IOC, Los Angeles and Paris will work on a formal three-way agreement in advance of the IOC’s meeting in Lima, Peru, on Sept. 13, when the Games will officially be awarded.
One of the votes the committee unanimously recommended Friday was changing its name…
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