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What President Trump could mean for Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Olympics

by AirTalk®

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American singer Lionel Richie performs a nine-minute version of his song 'All Night Long' at the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles. Steve Powell/Getty Images

In what is already shaping up to be a tight race to secure host city privileges for the 2024 Summer Olympics, the U.S. will almost certainly have to deal with the implications of President Trump and his actions when the International Olympic Committee votes on which city - Paris, Los Angeles, or Budapest - should host the 2024 Games.

President Trump’s executive order banning people from certain countries from entering the U.S. raises questions about whether athletes, coaches, fans and others from those countries would be able to enter the U.S. for the 2024 Games and, maybe even more pressing, whether they’d be able to attend qualifying events for the Games depending on where those qualifying events are located. There are also concerns about how the IOC views President Trump and whether further criticism from local elected officials about President Trump’s policies might make the federal government rescind about $2 billion that it’s supposed to get to defray security costs.

The other two cities bidding for the Games, Paris and Budapest, have their own hurdles to clear. National security issues and terrorism concerns in France combined with a national election featuring a candidate leading many polls who is almost as polarizing as Trump.

The IOC is set to vote on the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games this coming September in Lima, Peru.

How could President Trump’s policies affect the way the International Olympic Committee votes? What are the issues that matter most to IOC voters when considering a host city? Are there other Olympic bids that have been hamstrung by national politics?

AirTalk contacted LA 2024, the organizing committee for Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, but they were not able to provide someone to speak with us at the time we requested. They sent the following statement from Mayor Eric Garcetti:

“LA 2024 has assembled an outstanding, responsible bid on behalf of our City that strengthens the Olympic Movement for the future. If selected, we will show the world a sustainable and low-risk Games that gathers nations together, showcases American values, and brings benefits, not burdens, to our community. I am confident that the IOC will evaluate our bid on these merits, and I am more committed than ever to bringing the Games back to L.A. in 2024.”


Ed Hula, editor in chief of Around the Rings, a publication devoted to covering the Olympics

Mary Hums, Professor of Sports Administration, University of Louisville; she has worked at a half dozen Games

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