POSTED: Tuesday September 12th 2017

IOC Evaluation Commission confirms LA's readiness to host 2028 Games

Lima, Peru - The International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission has reviewed LA’s plans for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games and confirmed the City of Angels is ready to deliver a sustainable, low-risk New Games for a New Era, with long-term benefits for LA and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

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The report follows the IOC Evaluation Commission’s comprehensive inspection visit to LA in May, when IOC Member and Commission Chairman Patrick Baumann and his team conducted three days of technical briefings and site visits, praising the “transformative,” “forward-looking,” “dynamic” and “futuristic” concept devised for the 2024 Games. After LA declared its candidacy for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games on July 31, the IOC Evaluation Commission compiled a supplementary analysis following further consultations with LA 2028 bid leaders and subject matter experts, and further written submissions.

The IOC Evaluation Commission reviewed LA 2028’s community support, venue masterplan, sports program, sport development, transportation, budget and legal guarantees. Their subsequent report noted that LA 2028’s Games Concept remains virtually unchanged from the 2024 plan, thanks to the bid’s use of Los Angeles’ world-class existing sports infrastructure. LA 2028 will still require no new permanent venues to stage the Games, with even the Athletes’ Village facility on the UCLA Campus already serving elite young athletes today.

The new 2028 report concludes: “From the information submitted, the IOC Evaluation Commission considers that the main requirements for Los Angeles to host the Olympic Games 2028 have been met. The Commission equally concludes that the many opportunities presented by an Olympic Games 2028 in Los Angeles would far outweigh any potential risks of awarding the Games 11 years in advance instead of 7 years.”

IOC Evaluation Commission Chairman Patrick Baumann said: “"The report confirms that Los Angeles is ready to host the Olympic Games 2028. Los Angeles of course builds on the strong proposal that was put forward for 2024, while providing all the necessary guarantees to make us confident that the Olympic Games can be awarded 11 years in advance."

LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: “Our goal has always been to create a Games Concept that fits the long-term needs of LA and its people, not change our city to fit the Games. LA’s plan does not require building any new permanent venues, housing or infrastructure, so our transition to a 2028 bid presents only upsides. We can count on higher revenues, increased IOC contributions, and an investment of up to $160 million to increase youth sports programs in LA in the years leading up to the Games. This IOC Evaluation Commission report underlines what a historic opportunity LA 2028 is for the City of Angels and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.”

LA 2028 CEO Gene Sykes said: “LA 2028 is grateful to Evaluation Commission Chairman Patrick Baumann and his colleagues for their confidence in our readiness to host the Games and for their expert guidance throughout this two-year process. With this validation from the IOC and the tripartite agreement with the IOC and Paris, we look forward to the IOC Session in Lima and starting a new 11-year journey with the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.”

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