Olympics-IOC's 2024 evaluation commission gets full LA experience

French president elect Emmanuel Macron will meet next week in Paris with officials evaluating the city's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

International Olympic Committee members started their visit with a full day of discussions on Paris' proposals that will be followed by venue visits on Monday and further meetings on the final day.

Hollywood flexed its celebrity muscle at the party with an A-list lineup that included Sylvester Stallone, Kobe Bryant and billionaire Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and former Microsoft CEO. "There is a strong Olympic spirit in both cities".

"Both bids at the basis are extraordinary cities", Baumann said in defense.

"This visit has certainly confirmed our opinion that Los Angeles has developed an excellent proposal", said Patrick Baumann, chairman of the evaluation committee.

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"Our friends of Paris 2024 presented us with an exceptional and well-detailed bid presentation", Patrick Baumann, chair of the commission, told a news conference.

"It goes from spectacular venues, to impressive venues to mind-blowing venues".

Garcetti's remarks came after a day in which IOC delegates were shown a range of existing venues likely to host Olympic sport, from the famous Staples Center Arena to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the historic centerpiece of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics also held in the city.

The IOC will choose the hosts for the 2024 Olympics at a meeting in Lima in September.

"They have been impressed by the quality of the landmarks and the iconic venues we will offer to promote the Games and make sure that those Games will be unforgettable", Estanguet said.

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Paris and Los Angeles in the United States are the two remaining candidate cities for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Estanguet also put aside the discussion about the 2028 Games, which has been considered by the International Olympic Committee to announce each of the two candidate cities as hosts for 2024 and 2028 Games to avoid leaving the other as a losing side. We are ready to share with them everything that Paris has to offer and demonstrate why Paris is the flawless partner and ideal host of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The back-to-back visits of the only two cities in the running for the 2024 Games usher in what is expected to be a frenzied final spurt of campaigning.

"If the rules change, I think any city would have to look at the terms of what a 2028 award means", Garcetti said.

"This is Hollywood. We could have had the best show, the cutest kids lining the streets, we could have had the most wonderful fireworks, but we didn't change a single thing. I really do believe in this movement, and if you can create winners instead of so many losers, that's good for the movement".

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