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LA mayor opens door slightly to 2028 Games if 2024 is no go

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has opened the door slightly to considering hosting the 2028 Olympics if the city isn’t awarded its first choice of 2024.

The International Olympic Committee’s evaluation commission concluded its four-day visit to Los Angeles on Friday and now heads to Paris, the only other bidder for the 2024 Games.

There was nothing in a statement from LA2024 chairman Casey Wasserman earlier this month that suggested the city would consider anything other than 2024.

On Friday, Garcetti said the city “would listen if the rules change.”

The IOC has four vice presidents looking into the prospect of awarding the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time in September, when the winning bidder for 2024 is to be announced.

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Los Angeles will not renew Olympic bid if it loses this summer

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The Los Angeles Olympic bid group will not renew its bid for a later Games if it comes away empty-handed this summer, bid chairman Casey Wasserman said, according to Reuters.

“We won’t bid again in Los Angeles,” Wasserman said Thursday, according to the report. “Because we have to pay for the bid privately. And raising $60 million dollars privately from individuals in Los Angeles is a tough road to go down once. I will tell you, twice it is not going to happen.”

International Olympic Committee voters are scheduled to choose between Los Angeles and Paris for the 2024 Olympics on Sept. 13.

However, the IOC is looking into potentially awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Olympics this summer, one to each city.

This has led Paris 2024 Olympic co-bid chief Tony Estanguet to reportedly issue an ultimatum of 2024 or nothing.

Wasserman has said LA is focused on 2024 but hasn’t publicly disclosed what his bid would do if Paris was given 2024 and LA was offered 2028 this summer.

Other cities have repeatedly bid for the Olympics after losing. PyeongChang, the 2018 Winter Games host, lost out in the bidding for 2010 and 2014. Tokyo, the 2020 Summer Games host, also bid for 2016. Madrid bid and lost for 2012, 2016 and 2020.

However, recent failed U.S. bids have not come back — notably New York City (2012) and Chicago (2016).

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LA 2024 Olympic Opening, Closing Ceremonies venue TBD

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Los Angeles 2024 has not decided on its venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, bid chairman Casey Wasserman said in an NBC Los Angeles interview that aired Sunday.

In August 2015 and February 2016, LA 2024 Olympic bid documents listed the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the proposed venue for ceremonies (in addition to track and field). The Coliseum also held those events at the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.

Los Angeles is bidding against Paris and Budapest for the 2024 Olympics. IOC members will vote to choose the 2024 Olympic host city in September in Lima, Peru. The final bid file submission to the IOC is due Feb. 3, at which point LA 2024 will have to submit its planned ceremonies venue.

Recent reports have said that the Los Angeles Rams’ football stadium in nearby Inglewood, projected to open in 2019, could be a ceremonies venue. That could carry its own set of complications.

“Specific to ceremonies or other things, we haven’t reached a final decision,” Wasserman said in Sunday’s interview. “Obviously, that’s something we have to have an engaged dialogue with, which we’re in the middle of, with both the city and the IOC. There’s lots of give and takes on both fronts. Obviously, by February we’ll make a decision on that.”

Wasserman also said his biggest worry “is that what we’re selling isn’t what [the IOC members] want to buy.”

“We are who we are,” Wasserman said. “We are a young, dynamic city that’s all about the intersection of creativity and innovation. It’s forward-thinking, and we are competing against two very different kind of cities from Europe.”

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