Olympics: LA touts 'ideal conditions' for 2024 Games

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug 21, 2016.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug 21, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The group aiming to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles vowed a "low-risk, efficient and fiscally responsible" delivery of the Games in documents submitted to the International Olympic Committee on Friday (Oct 7).

All of the candidate cities - Los Angeles, Budapest, Rome and Paris - were due to submit the second part of their bids to the IOC in Lausanne, addressing "Governance, Legal and Venue Funding" of their bids.

Los Angeles bid officials said their documents highlighted "the powerful economic engine, government support and venue partnerships that will ensure the low-risk, efficient and fiscally responsible delivery of LA's innovative and sustainable new Games for a new era."

In one key step, bid officials have secured from the US Department of Homeland Security that the 2024 Games will be designated a National Special Security Event, which provides US Secret Service lead responsibility for security.

They cited an agreement with the University of Southern California to host the Main Press Center on its campus "in the heart of LA 2024'S Downtown Sports Park".

They underlined the joint marketing programme agreement reached with the US Olympic Committee as well as newly enacted California legislation providing US$250 million (S$384m) "in support in the unlikely event of any cost overrun beyond LA 2024's own extensive contingency and private insurance funding".

"The document highlights the ideal conditions already in place in Southern California for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games," the committee said, citing a robust California state economy and 88 per cent public support for the bid among other advantages.

Candidates must make their final submissions to the IOC on Feb 3 of 2017. That will include a projected Games budget.

IOC members will elect a 2024 host on Sept 13, 2017 in Lima.