Will the Trump effect damage America’s Los Angeles Olympics bid?

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The Los Angeles 2024 organising committee has expressed concerns that their bid will be significantly affected by the election of Donald Trump as President.

This comes after Trump expressed his desire to build a wall on the Mexican border and his negative comments regarding Islamic and Hispanic population. Approximately half of the members on the Olympic election committee are from Islamic and Hispanic descent. This could significantly hinder the chances of LA being selected.

The advantage given to LA’s main rival, Paris, after Trump’s election is a significant one. However, Los Angeles needs to build only one venue in order to host the games, the Canoe Slalom Course. The other venues were built for or after the 1984 Olympic Games.

Venues planned for use include the LA Memorial Coliseum, Dodgers Stadium, Staples Center, Honda Center, Rose Bowl in Pasadena, host stadium of the 1994 World Cup Final, and Angels Stadium of Anaheim. The new City of Champions Stadium, future home of the LA Rams from the NFL, will also be used as part of the football tournament.

Some of the ongoing developments in the city of LA, all of which privately funded, are scheduled to be completed way before the Games.

Casey Wasserman, Chairman of LA 2024 Organizing Committee, is looking forward to working closely with the new government to hopefully bring the Games back to California for the fourth time.

Elsewhere, the ambition of the US to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026 together with Mexico and Canada, probably in a joint bid, also took a blow because of Trump’s “Mexican Wall” plans.

Evgeni Vakov

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