Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Olympics in LA really coming in 2028! Council votes final OK

Olympics in LA really coming in 2028! Council votes final OK

"We're really disappointed in today's result", said Steve Ducey, a spokesman for the "No Olympics Los Angeles Coalition", citing the city's problems with homelessness, which has risen 23 percent in the past year according to the latest city data.

The Los Angeles City Council will have more involvement with the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics than it did with the city's bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

"If approved by the Los Angeles City Council on Friday, this new MOU would enhance the strong provisions that were developed to protect the City of Los Angeles from financial risk when it was a candidate to host the Games in 2024", LA 2028 said in a statement.

Herb Wesson, LA City Council President, said, "Today's vote isn't just about 2028; it is about what will happen in between now and then: the progress we will make, the principles that will guide us and most importantly, the young people we will inspire".

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A 12-0 vote today sealed the LA City Council's support for the new deal with additional International Olympic Committee contribution and funding for youth sports. The protesters chanted, "Homes not games!" suggesting they wanted the city to invest in affordable housing and not the Olympics, although the $5.3 billion budget does not include any public money and the city would only have to pay if the Games go over budget. The vote immediately followed a meeting of the council's committee on the Olympics, which also unanimously voted for the agreements.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti also endorsed the idea.

"Look, there's 11 years before the Games, so it wouldn't hurt if they took a year or even six months instead of rushing", Jed Parriott, an organiser of the NOlympics LA group, told the Los Angeles Times.

The vote means that Los Angeles, Paris and the International Olympic Committee will now join forces on a three-way agreement ahead of the IOC's September 13 meeting in Lima, Peru when the Games will be officially awarded.

The full council is expected to endorse documents at the heart of LA's plan to stage the 2028 Summer Games.

"This new MOU ensures that our City priorities remain front-and-center in LA 2028's preparations for the Games".

After the council's vote, Garcetti, Wesson, Lewis and others held a news conference in the forecourt of City Hall surrounded by former Olympic athletes.

There are not expected to be any "major" changes to the initial bid plans for the earlier edition.

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