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The International Olympic Committee has descended on Los Angeles to consider the city for the 2024 Summer Games. L.A. bid chairman Casey Wasserman kicked off this week’s wooing, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with an intimate, industry-heavy dinner party Wednesday night at his Beverly Hills home to bring together L.A.-passionate entertainment, technology and banking luminaries with IOC members (here on a visit to evaluate the city’s offerings for its Olympic bid).
Attendees including Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council President Herb Wesson, Kobe Bryant, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, Disney chair Bob Iger, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, Universal Filmed Entertainment chairman Jeff Shell, Placido Domingo, Sylvester Stallone and Gustavo Dudamel joined Wasserman and 70 of his guests to help showcase Los Angeles as an Olympic choice.
L.A., which last hosted the Olympics in 1984 (and before that in 1932), is squaring off against Paris, whose bid calls attention to the centennial of its 1924 Summer Games. The delegation is spending three days, through Friday, touring proposed venues, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Staples Center, as well as UCLA, the site of the suggested Olympic Village. On Sunday the group travels to France for an equivalent run-through.
Wasserman’s dinner capped off day one, which saw officials reportedly spend the day in a downtown hotel where they received presentations from bid leaders. Commission chairman Patrick Baumann told the room, “Los Angeles is already a great Olympic city,” reports the Los Angeles Times, while Wasserman, bid chairman, offered that this is a “unique moment in time,” one that requires financial success.
The full 90-member Olympic Committee is expected to announce a decision Sept. 13 when it meets in Lima, Peru. In light of financial challenges plaguing recent host cities, and a drop in bids during recent city competition cycles over cost concerns (Rome, Budapest, Boston and Hamburg pulled out this time around), there has been some discussion of, for the first time, awarding two consecutive Summer Games, with the runner-up set for 2028.
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