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Rep. Roybal-Allard Celebrates LA 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Bid

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Washington, July 31, 2017 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), a leading congressional advocate for a new Los Angeles Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, issued the following statement regarding today’s news that the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic bid committee, in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has announced its intention for Los Angeles to host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games 2028, and its agreement with the Host City Contract 2028:

“Today’s announcement puts Los Angeles on track to host the 2028 Summer Olympics, the Games of the XXXIVth Olympiad!  Eighty-five years ago yesterday, the first LA Olympics, the Games of the Xth Olympiad, opened in the Memorial Coliseum.  The Games were the first to return a profit and established several iconic Olympic traditions, including the Athletes Village and the victory pedestal.  The Games were a triumph for the City of Los Angeles and the Olympic movement.

“Eighty-five years later, today is another day of triumph for the City of Angels, and a day of great joy for all who have fought for years to bring a third Summer Olympics to LA.  LA 2028 will reconfirm Los Angeles’s status as one of the world’s premier cities, and give us an eleven-year platform to showcase all the reasons why LA is a wonderful place to live, work, and play.  I’m excited that the nation and the world will have this opportunity to learn more about our booming economy, our enviable Mediterranean climate, our robust athletic infrastructure, and our rich cultural diversity.  I look forward to continuing my work alongside public officials, business leaders, advocates, and athletes to make LA’s 2028 Summer Games the most successful in Olympic and Paralympic history.  Congratulations to Mayor Eric Garcetti and his team for a great job of working to bring the Games back to LA!”

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard has been a champion of bringing the Summer Olympics back to her native Los Angeles, which previously hosted tremendously successful Summer Games in 1932 and 1984.  In 2016, she helped to lead a bipartisan US House of Representatives resolution in support of Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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