Los Angeles 'only bidding for 2024'

LA 2024 made the pledge on International French-speaking day - La Journee internationale de la Francophonie - in a news release clearly targeting the International Olympic Committee; it was written in French, although a translation was provided.

Los Angeles is the only other bid in the running to host the 2024 Olympics and also ruled out staging the event four years later. After the failure of three postulations before (in 1992, 2008 and 2012), the French Candidature Committee, led by its director, Tony Estanguet, is not ready for receiving another suspended postulation.

The American city's statement added: "With all permanent venues already built and 88% public support, only LA 2024 offers the lowest-risk and truly sustainable solution for the future of the Olympic movement in 2024 and beyond".

Estanguet ratified his position by saying that "we agree if the IOC decides to grant two Olympic Games in the same meeting in Lima, but for us, it is now or never".

"They have kept us abreast of the conversations they are having, which is appropriate", Garcetti said, adding that he was sympathetic to the views of International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach, who is concerned the bidding process creates "too many losers". "We also believe this is the time to come back to Paris, or to Europe, in '24". We can't host the Games in 2028 because we don't have the project available for 2028.

"We are focused on the present, which is a bid for 2024".

"We have the guarantees, we have the public support, we have the political support, we have 95% of existing venues". French is the original Olympic language and LA 2024 is absolutely committed to celebrating and promoting the handsome French language if LA is given the honor of hosting the 2024 Games.

"We are competing for 2024", he told insidethegames. "We have never contemplated anything else".

  • Jacqueline Ellis