LA City Council delays vote on bid for 2024 Olympics

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles City Council members delayed a decision Wednesday on whether the city should continue to pursue the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying they needed more time to review budgetary and planning documents that Mayor Eric Garcetti disclosed this week.

The council had been scheduled to vote on a resolution by Council President ...Read more

A surplus of $161 million is projected for LA's 2024 Olympics bid

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LOS ANGELES -- The plan to bring the Olympics back to Los Angeles for a third time has become a little clearer with city officials offering additional details about how they would stage the massive sporting event.

Their $4.1 billion bid proposal for the 2024 Summer Games -- contained in a 218-page book made public Tuesday -- shows they expect ...Read more

L.A. making $4.5 billion bet on Olympics after Boston backs out

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles's dreams of hosting the Olympic Games for a third time could get a boost from the City Council this week, even as officials try to assure taxpayers that they won't be forced to bail out a botched effort.

The council is expected to vote Wednesday on giving Mayor Eric Garcetti power to negotiate with the U.S. Olympic ...Read more

LA City Council to vote soon on authorizing 2024 Olympic bid

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council expects to vote next week on whether L.A. should continue its quest to host the 2024 Summer Games, setting the stage for a public airing of questions surrounding an Olympic bid that has been largely opaque for the taxpayers who could be asked to underwrite the projected $4.1 billion event.

Council ...Read more

Debt and the dotted line for Olympic bidders

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LOS ANGELES -- Reading through the Olympic host contract -- the document that cities must sign if they want the Games -- it might be easy to overlook Basic Principle No. 4.

The stipulation, which covers "joint and several obligations," takes up only two paragraphs amid 80 or so pages.

But as Los Angeles moves closer to bidding for the 2024 ...Read more

US Olympic officials optimistic LA to be named bid city for 2024 Summer Games

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U.S. Olympic Committee officials say they are "very, very optimistic" about reaching a deal to make Los Angeles the American bidder for the 2024 Summer Games.

The USOC has been negotiating with city officials since late last month and talks are expected to continue toward the end of August.

"We've got a lot of work to do to get this to the ...Read more

US Olympic leaders expected to discuss Los Angeles bid for 2024 Games

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The U.S. Olympic Committee's board of directors will convene on Wednesday for a meeting that is expected to focus on Los Angeles' desire to bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

USOC leaders are scheduled to address the media afterward, but did not anticipate making any final decisions at the Denver International Airport meeting.

Earlier this week, ...Read more

San Francisco might seek LA's help for bid

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The Bay Area remains a serious underdog in a renewed quest to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. But that's not preventing some outside-the-box thinking that even includes the possibility of a joint bid with clear favorite Los Angeles in a would-be California Games.

Such innovative thought has become part of the conversation as U.S. Olympic ...Read more

LA pushes to be US candidate for 2024 Summer Olympics, projects $4 billion cost

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles is close to reaching an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee to be America's candidate for the 2024 Summer Games, pledging to host the event at a projected cost of approximately $4 billion and offering a guarantee that the city would cover any financial overruns, officials involved with the bid said Monday.

In an...Read more

With Summer Olympics a year away, Brazil wonders if it's ready

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Let the countdown begin.

With slightly less than a year to go before the opening of next year's Summer Olympic Games, preparations are entering their most critical phase. With 10,500 athletes from 205 countries, expected officials are proclaiming that everything is looking wonderful.

Athletes, including rowers and swimmers, ...Read more

Olympic wrestling champ Burroughs sees more gold in his future

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Olympic champion wrestler Jordan Burroughs remembers well the feeling of having a gold medal around his neck. He craves it. That desire pushes him every day to keep moving toward a repeat.

He passed a milestone. On Wednesday, the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics are one year away from starting. While many are talking about poor water quality, worrisome...Read more

Beijing clearly the only choice to host 2022 Winter Olympics

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Call it a game of survival.

Eighteen months ago, no one gave Beijing much of a chance to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. But by the time the International Olympic Committee made its selection on Friday, the Chinese capital had become the clear favorite.

With only two candidates making it to the final vote, Beijing prevailed over Almaty, ...Read more

Beijing chosen to host 2022 Winter Olympics, angering human rights groups

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BEIJING -- Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday, making the Chinese capital the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Games.

Members of the IOC, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, announced the decision after a secret ballot, dealing a potential boon to the global winter sports ...Read more

Analysis: Can new Olympic Games bid city undo damage?

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LOS ANGELES -- Talk circulated around the International Olympic Committee all spring and summer, with members returning to the same question:

When will the Americans drop Boston's floundering campaign to host the 2024 Summer Games?

The answer came early this week by way of a statement from Boston officials and the U.S. Olympic Committee, who ...Read more

Water pollution at 2016 Summer Olympics remains a concern

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Amid continuing worry about pollution at open-water sites for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a new study shows swimmers and boaters could face serious health risks.

The venues where numerous events will take place are tainted with human sewage, according to tests conducted over five months by The Associated Press.

The situation remains a ...Read more

Olympic officials insist on US bid for 2024 Summer Games

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The International Olympic Committee is continuing to pressure the U.S. to submit a replacement for Boston's failed 2024 Summer Games bid.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, IOC President Thomas Bach said the U.S. Olympic Committee had earlier promised to be part of the bidding cycle.

"We are sure the USOC will deliver on this commitment," Bach ...Read more

LA's Mayor Garcetti is mum on financial pledge for 2024 Olympics

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LOS ANGELES--With Los Angeles' hopes of hosting the 2024 Summer Games unexpectedly revived, Mayor Eric Garcetti must soon decide whether he is willing to accept the sort of financial risks his counterpart in Boston -- the U.S. Olympic Committee's first choice of host city -- balked at this week.

Olympic officials insist that a host city pledge ...Read more

US Olympic Committee contacts LA about 2024 Summer Games

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LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Olympic Committee has contacted Los Angeles about the possibility of stepping in as a replacement bidder for the 2024 Summer Games, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who is not authorized to speak publicly.

USOC officials were expected to make a call in the wake of Boston dropping its troubled bid.

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USOC pulls the plug on Boston 2024 bid; another bid city possible

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The U.S. Olympic Committee and Boston officials Monday agreed to end the city's comedy-of-errors attempt to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

In a statement, USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun left open the possibility of having another city, most likely Los Angeles, become the United States' 2024 candidate. That decision is to be made in ...Read more

Boston's bid withdrawal puts LA back in the running for 2024 Olympics

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Boston's short-lived campaign to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics ended Monday after months of struggles with local opposition and low public support.

Officials from the city and the U.S. Olympic Committee issued a joint statement announcing the withdrawal. The USOC also said it will immediately begin exploring the possibility of a replacement ...Read more