Los Angeles - The president of the IOC
wrapped up his tour of the four bid cities for the 2024 Olympic Games with a
visit to southern California where he met on Monday with Los Angeles Mayor Eric
"We have finished our visits to the
four candidate cities and therefore you see me very pleased," said Thomas
Bach on Monday. "We have a fascinating competition ahead of us with four
cities who can all organize excellent Olympic games in 2024."
Bach's visit comes five months after the
city was selected as the United States candidate for the international sporting
Bach and other IOC top brass toured the
University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California Los
Angeles (UCLA) campuses and the Getty Centre art museum. They also met with
Garcetti, LA 2024 leaders and a number of former US Olympic medal winners.
Los Angeles, which hosted the Olympics in
1932 and 1984, is competing against Paris, Rome and Budapest for the right to
stage the Games.
Bach said it is now up to the bid cities to
deliver on their promises.
"It will be up to the different
candidates to show their uniqueness and their strength," Bach said.
"We at the IOC can relax and watch this great Olympic competition which is
as competitive as an Olympic final, but with one big difference, there is only
one medal, the gold medal.
"The four candidates cities from all
different angles are embracing the agenda and showing there is no
one-size-fits-all solution. There are also showing you can be a candidate for
the Olympic Games for very different reasons."
On Sunday night, Bach attended a Los
Angeles Lakers game where he exchanged greetings with NBA superstar Kobe
Bryant, a five-time league champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist who
will retire at the end of the season at the age of 37. The Lakers play at
Staples Centre arena which is another proposed venue for the Games.
Los Angeles bid officials last week
announced they were shelving plans for a $1 billion athletes village and would
instead house athletes on the UCLA campus in the western suburb of Westwood.
A media village would be based at USC, near
Staples Centre and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum which is planned as the
main venue for the Games.
The IOC will select the host at a meeting
in Peru in September 2017.
The United States last hosted a summer
Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.