Statement from the USA Sports Council on Los Angeles 2028 Announcement

July 31, 2017

“The USA Sports Council joins in the excitement that the sports community in the USA is feeling after learning that the Olympic Games are coming back to this country, after 32 years since they were held in Atlanta in the summer of 1996.

From the time of the first Olympics in Los Angeles in 1932, to the “Festive Federalism” that was created by the community of athletes and sports leaders that came from Los Angeles 1984, this city once again establishes a firm footing as the creative and sports culture capital of the world.

This decision of the IOC to award to Olympic Games at the same time does away with a tradition but also brings a period of four years of calm and planning, and not of frantic and expensive bidding. Away with tradition, we welcome expediency.

The opportunities for further development of inclusive plans and programs that we might see by LA2028, not only in terms of the mainstream Olympic sports, but with Paralympics both domestic and international, local youth outreach programs which the LA84 Foundation has very successfully ran from a portion of the profit made in 1984, and the development of new sports, are some of the accomplishments we expect to see. Meanwhile, the the state of technology we will see is still not on our horizon, but rest assured it will be there.

Remember, many of the future stars of LA28 are still in elementary school. Here is to the future and to the youth in sports. A warm congratulations to Los Angeles and Paris for both getting the Games, and to the IOC for taking this unique step.

 

President/CEO The USA Sports Council, Alfredo La Mont