Wednesday, November 09, 2016

What impact will President Trump have on the Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics?

Trump's victory could be highly significant for LA's hopes and
could boost its main rival, Paris.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is due to hold a
vote to decide the host of the Games next September with
Budapest the only other candidate.

Back in August, LA's mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat who
supported Hillary Clinton, acknowledged IOC members had
concerns over Trump.

"For us, I think IOC members might have said certain things,"
he said. "An America that turns inward, like any country that
turns inward, isn't good for world peace, isn't good for
progress, isn't good for all of us."

IOC president Thomas Bach also spoke in the summer about a
"world of selfishness where certain people claim to be superior
to others". That was seen as a clear reference to Trump's
proposed plans that include potential restrictions on Muslim
immigration and the deportation of millions of illegal

Trump's plans may not sit well with IOC voters, drawn from a
range of countries and cultures.

"They wonder, 'Is America going to take this strange turn?'"
added Garcetti.

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