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LA mayor compares Olympic bid race to high school election (video)

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Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti considered the Olympic bid a political campaign. And of the 10 or so he has been a part of, this one was the toughest by far.

“Because you only have about 100 voters, and you have about four years of the process,” he said on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday. “It’s almost like a high school election. You have somebody over here saying, ‘I don’t like what you said to Susie at the dance, so I’m not going to vote for you.’ Or somebody else saying, ‘You’ve only had drinks with me 10 times, and Paris has done it 12 times.’

“You basically have to lay out why your city should add something to the Olympics. It’s not just what you’ll do for them, but they also want to know how the Olympics is going to change your city.”

Garcetti discussed more LA 2028-related topics in the full interview.

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L.A. mayor ponders 2028 Olympics

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mayor of Los Angeles is talking to Olympic leaders about having his city wait until 2028 to host the Summer Games in exchange for funding for youth sports programs.

At a news conference this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he and Olympic leaders have discussed “what it would take for us to consider one of us going first and the other going second” — a reference to the contest between Paris and Los Angeles for the 2024 Olympics.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach wants to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games, and while each city has repeatedly stressed its bid is only for 2024, Garcetti is now acknowledging discussions with the IOC about 2028.

“My dream is not so much just to bring the Olympics here, but is to bring youth sports for free to every zip code,” Garcetti said.

The IOC meets next week to discuss the possibility of awarding both Olympics later this year. Bach wants to avoid another bidding debacle the likes of which he’s seen this year, with Hamburg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; and Rome all dropping out. Los Angeles, meanwhile, was the U.S. Olympic Committee’s second choice, after Boston initially got the nod but then saw that bid flounder because of lack of public support.

Officials from the LA 2024 bid did not have comment on the Garcetti news conference.

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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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