In Los Angeles’ long pursuit for the 2024 Olympics, they recruited their longest tenured athlete. Before retiring last season Kobe Bryant had played 20 achievement filled seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, he is helping L.A. while on the 2024 board of directors and athletes’ advisory committee. He was recorded at the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland saying the following. (Transcribed by Colin Ward-Henninger at CBS)
“There are so many different cultures represented here, so many different ethnicities represented here. L.A. can be anything you want it to be,”
“To have the Olympics here and to have so many different cultures represented would be a beautiful story to tell.”
Kobe closed their presentation in what appears to be another successful finish for the future Hall of Famer. According to the Los Angeles Times, they are now a virtual lock to either get the 2024 or 2028 Olympic bid.
Gathering at a meeting in Switzerland, IOC members unanimously agreed to the idea of awarding 2024 to one city and 2028 to the other.
The decision all but assures that Southern California will get the Olympics back for a third time.
The IOC just has to convince either L.A. or Paris to go second.