Los Angeles council to vote on 2024 bid next week

AFP| Updated: Aug 29, 2015, 09:00 AM IST
Los Angeles council to vote on 2024 bid next week

Los Angeles council members will vote on the city`s bid for the 2024 Olympics next week after a panel on Friday gave its backing to the proposals.

The Los Angeles City Council`s Ad Hoc Committee on the Olympics approved a "joinder agreement" designed to demonstrate to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) that the city was committed to staging the Games.

The full council briefly discussed the committee`s vote on Friday but delayed a final decision until Tuesday in order to give members more time to study the detail of bid documents issued earlier this week.

Obtaining full backing from Los Angeles`s council is seen as an important step towards securing nomination as a 2024 candidate by USOC.

Los Angeles re-entered the race as a potential US candidate after Boston -- the city originally chosen by USOC in January -- pulled the plug on its bid in the face of public opposition related to costs.

Boston`s bid collapsed when both the city`s mayor and the governor of Massachusetts declined to give their support because of fears that taxpayers could foot the bill for cost overruns.

A bullish Los Angeles bid book published this week projected an Olympics held in the city would cost $4.1 billion and deliver a surplus of $161 million.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been a vocal supporter of the bid, immediately indicating the city would be willing to step in after Boston`s bid collapsed.

Any Los Angeles bid still faces several hurdles however. 

It must first win support from the USOC, who have until mid-September to nominate a US city with the International Olympic Committee.

If nominated, Los Angeles would also face fierce competition from other cities which have already entered the race, including Paris, Rome, Hamburg and Budapest.