Deal that would designate L.A. as host of 2028 Olympics is ‘very very close,’ Mayor Eric Garcetti says – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday he is optimistic the city can reach an agreement with the International Olympic Committee next week that will result in Southern California hosting a third Olympic Games.

While Los Angeles officials have spoken to the IOC about hosting the 2024 Games, negotiations have primarily focused on Los Angeles holding the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The parties are headed toward an agreement in which Paris would host in 2024, with the Games returning to Southern California four years later, according to persons familiar with the bid process.

“We’re getting close, very, very close,” Garcetti told the Southern California News Group after a Metro event Friday morning. “Our conversations have been going very well. This coming week we should probably have things (settled) but I thought two weeks ago we’ve have a (agreement).

“Both cities have talked to them about ’24 and ’28, so ’24 is not off the table, but we have talked about what we would need to engage (for) ’28.”

A Los Angeles City Council subcommittee on the city’s Olympic bid is scheduled to meet next Friday.

“I’m optimistic” that an agreement could be reached “by next Friday, for sure,” Garcetti said.

The negotiations follow the IOC voting unanimously this month to award two Games in the same year for the first time since 1921.

“No hangups,” Garcetti said of the talks. “The negotiations have been friendly and mutual. It’s just they have their systems and we have our needs but things are going great. We have both been able to engage with them. I know Paris has engaged with them too. It has been a very harmonious negotiation, I’ll say that.”

A deal would still need to be approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the USOC executive board and the IOC. City council and USOC approval are expected to come next month.

The IOC is expected to approve the joint host city award agreement on Sept. 13 in Lima,…

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