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Official Olympic Bid

Release Date: 2017-09-13

I write today from Lima, Peru, where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) just made it official and awarded Los Angeles the 2028 Olympic Games. I am here with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA 2028 President Casey Wasserman as part of the Olympic delegation. We have been meeting with IOC officials and gearing up for what will be historic games back in the United States. This would not have been possible without Mayor Garcetti's and Casey's extraordinary leadership.

This is not just a win for Los Angeles and Long Beach - it's a win for our country.
Long Beach has been awarded several of the competitions including sailing, water polo, marathon swimming and the triathlon, as well as BMX and handball. And as I've said all along, we welcome other opportunities to host additional events.

We are scheduled to host more sporting events in 2028 than we did in 1984 or in 1932 - the last two times Long Beach was part of the LA bid. In addition, hosting the 2028 Long Beach Olympic Sports Park for LA will create numerous opportunities for investment in infrastructure and local youth sport programs. For example, this creates a unique opportunity to partner with LA 2028 to reconstruct the Belmont Memorial Pier.

It is important to note that the last time LA hosted the Olympics, in 1984, was one of the few times the Olympic Games made a profit. Those proceeds were used to support community programs and numerous local causes.

I look forward to working with the LA 2028 team, Mayor Garcetti, and all our partners to ensure Long Beach's successful participation.

Go Long Beach,

Mayor Robert Garcia

P.S. I can't wait to get home to Long Beach!