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LA 2024 Olympic bid looks forward to ‘working closely’ with Donald Trump

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Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid officials “look forward to working closely” with President-elect Donald Trump, according to a statement Wednesday.

“LA 2024 congratulates President-elect Donald J. Trump and appreciates his longstanding support of the Olympic movement in the United States,” the statement read. “We strongly believe the Olympics and LA 2024 transcend politics and can help unify our diverse communities and our world.

“LA 2024 has achieved 88% public support in the latest poll and strong bipartisan government support at the local, state and federal level. We look forward to working closely with President-elect Trump and his administration across the federal government to deliver a ‘New Games for a new Era’ that will benefit and inspire the entire Olympic movement in 2024.”

Los Angeles is vying with Budapest and Paris for the 2024 Olympics. IOC members will choose the host city in a September vote.

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Last August, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti raised concerns if Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the election.

“I think, for some of the IOC members, they would say, wait a second, can we go to a country like that, where we’ve heard things that we take offense to,” Garcetti said.

Garcetti also said in August that he didn’t think the election outcome would affect the 2024 host city vote outcome, according to The New York Times.

Trump attended the 1996 Olympics (as did Clinton), ran a 2004 Olympic torch relay leg in New York City and met Olympians in 2012 at a 100-days-out from London event in Times Square.

Earlier Wednesday, IOC president Thomas Bach also congratulated Trump.

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USA Hockey to start reaching out to potential replacement players

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USA Hockey will begin reaching out to “alternate players” to determine their interest in playing for the U.S. at the women’s world championship next week amid a potential boycott by its national team.

The contact is taking place in the event a resolution cannot be reached between USA Hockey and the women’s national team in a wage dispute.

“It’s important for everyone to understand clearly that our objective is to have the players we named as the U.S. women’s national team be the ones that compete in the world championship,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, in a statement. “Productive conversations have taken place this week and are ongoing in our collective efforts to reach a resolution.”

The alternate players are in the professional NWHL and college, according to USA Today, a report that USA Hockey would not confirm.

U.S. captain Meghan Duggan has said every player in the U.S. national team player pool, plus under-18 national team players, committed to not playing at worlds unless the wage dispute is resolved.

“We are confident that they [potential replacement players] would choose not to play,” the U.S. players said in a statement.

The world championship tournament starts March 31 in Plymouth, Mich.

As of Thursday evening, no resolution has come between USA Hockey and its women’s national team. They met formally on Monday for more than 10 hours, with both sides calling it productive.

“We ask that they approve the original agreement that, the players believed, was acceptable to both parties after Monday’s meeting,” the players said in a statement. “Unless there is an agreement, the players remain resolved to bypass the defense of the world championship.”

Neither side has said when the next meeting will take place.

On Tuesday, USA Hockey said it postponed a pre-worlds camp that was to run through next Tuesday in Traverse City, Mich., and canceled a scheduled Friday exhibition against Finland.

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NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

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International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel tells The Associated Press he needs to know by the end of April whether NHL players will be cleared to play in the South Korea Olympics next year.

NHL team owners have made it clear they don’t want to stop their season again for the Winter Games and put their stars at risk of injury. The reluctance has come up before and yet the NHL has participated in the Olympics since 1998. This time, however, there seems to be an impasse.

The head of the NHL Players Association, Donald Fehr, says the players want to participate and hopes the league will take advantage of the chance to market the game in Asia.

However, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says without “material change to the current status quo, NHL players will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.”

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