Los Angeles - Hall of Famer and former
Olympian Magic Johnson has been named vice chair of the group trying to lure
the 2024 Olympic Games to Los Angeles.
Johnson, who won five NBA titles with the
Lakers, says in a statement that Los Angeles is "the best sports town in
The Los Angeles 2024 committee also said
on Wednesday that prominent labour leader Maria Elena Durazo would join Johnson as
a vice chair of the board.
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Janet
Evans was named a vice chair in September.
The panel says they add expertise in
sports, business and labour relations to LA's Olympic bid.
The International Olympic Committee will
select the 2024 host in 2017.
Los Angeles is competing against proposals
from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary.