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Paris 2024 Olympic bid logo unveiled on Arc de Triomphe

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The Paris 2024 Olympic bid logo was unveiled at the Arc de Triomphe at 20:24 (8:24 p.m.) on Tuesday.

The logo is a representation of the number 24 and a modern interpretation of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris, seeking to host the Olympics on the 100-year anniversary of its second time holding the Games, is bidding against Budapest, Los Angeles and Rome.

Paris hopes to become the second city to host the Olympics three times, joining London.

International Olympic Committee members will vote to choose the 2024 Olympic host city in September 2017.

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Los Angeles 2024 Olympic Village plan announced

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Organizers behind Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Olympic Games moved Monday to erase a major uncertainty: where to house thousands of athletes, and how to pay for it.

A proposal released last year when Los Angeles stepped in as a contender for the Games envisioned a $1 billion athletes’ village rising on the site of a rail yard near downtown, bankrolled by mostly private dollars from an unknown source. That concept was officially scrapped, and officials announced that athletes would live about 15 miles west, on the UCLA campus.

The change represents an overhaul of a core element of the Olympic proposal — finding a place for athletes to make their temporary home.

LA is competing for the 2024 Games against Rome, Paris and Budapest, Hungary. The International Olympic Committee will select a site next year.

Speaking at UCLA, Mayor Eric Garcetti called the plan the “most cost-conscious” of alternatives to the rail yard but added that its strongest asset was its advantages for athletes, who would live in campus housing and be able to train at the university’s athletic fields, gyms and pools.

UCLA will receive rent for use of the campus, at a cost not yet known. Meanwhile, the Olympic committee is not facing the prospect of finding a developer to build a village for 17,000 athletes.

Los Angeles City Council members have been wary of the potential for creeping costs for an event that historically runs over budget. A so-called host city contract, which essentially sticks the city and state with the burden of any cost overruns, became an obstacle in Boston, which was initially selected as a candidate for 2024 but later dropped out.

The blueprint for the rail yard was in doubt from the start, and committee officials disclosed last year they were shopping for alternatives.

City analysts warned that costs to acquire the land and build the structures could significantly exceed the projected cost. The railroad had told the city that it has no plans to close or relocate the yard, but it would be open to the possibility of a sale or exchange agreement involving a “suitable replacement facility with all the necessary permits and approvals.”

There were questions about possible pollution at the yard, and the cost of a cleanup.

Garcetti also announced that the University of Southern California campus would be the site of the media village.

The city’s 2024 plan calls for staging events from volleyball on Santa Monica Beach to mountain biking in Griffith Park, one of the nation’s largest urban green spaces.

Los Angeles hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984.

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Los Angeles Rams stadium could be used in LA 2024 Olympic bid

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The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid could include the to-be-constructed NFL stadium in nearby Inglewood.

“The wealth of existing and planned infrastructure in the City of Angels means LA 2024 has the luxury of selecting the best choices for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, not building them from scratch,” LA 2024 bid chairman Casey Wasserman said in a statement Wednesday. “And the new NFL stadium represents an opportunity to add to the array of high-quality venues we already have in our Games Plan.”

An NFL vote Tuesday authorized the St. Louis Rams’ move back to Los Angeles, starting next season.

The L.A. Memorial Coliseum, which was the 1984 Olympic Stadium, is the likely venue for the Rams until their Inglewood stadium is ready for the 2019 NFL season, according to ProFootballTalk.

An L.A. 2024 bid book published in August proposed Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Coliseum and soccer at the Rose Bowl.

International Olympic Committee members will vote to choose the 2024 Olympic host city in September 2017. The candidates are Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris and Rome.

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