Committee Submits L.A. Bid For 2016 Summer Olympics
LOS ANGELES, January 22, 2007 -- A plan for Los Angeles to host the 2016 Summer Olympics was submitted Monday to the United States Olympic Committee, just days after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his support for the bid.
The Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games submitted a plan that emphasizes the city's existing sporting facilities, travel and tourism infrastructure, and its position as a major media center.
Next year, the committee will choose either Los Angeles or Chicago as its choice to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The International Olympics Committee will select a host city in 2009.
"We offer the United States Olympic Committee a very compelling bid submission for Los Angeles to host the 2016 Olympic Games," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
"Los Angeles is where the whole world comes together, and if chosen, we will bring all that is California to the athletes, to the Olympic Movement and to the world."
The city's plan includes use of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum home of the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics Staples Center, and the Home Depot Center in Carson. UCLA would likely serve as the Olympic Village for the athletes, and USC would serve as the Media/Family Village, according to the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.
"Because we can stage the Games with almost no construction of permanent facilities, we can turn our attention to building human spirit, human achievement and joy the fundamental Olympic values," said SCCOG chairman Barry Sanders.
Schwarzenegger joined Villaraigosa last Friday at the Memorial Coliseum to lend his support to the Olympic bid.
Los Angeles made a bid to host the 2012 Olympics, but was passed over as a U.S. candidate in favor of New York City. The Big Apple garnered only 13 votes from the IOC in its bid to host the 2012 Olympics, eventually losing out to London.
The last American city to host the Summer Olympics was Atlanta in 1996.
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