IOC President Bach to visit Los Angeles on September 17 and 18

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September 11, 2017

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Lima, Peru - International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will visit Los Angeles this weekend, following the IOC Session which is set to confirm LA as 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games Host City.

President Bach will be joined by IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper, IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games Christophe Dubi and senior leaders of the IOC Administration. On Sunday September 17, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman will accompany the IOC delegation to the NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. President Bach will light the Coliseum’s Olympic cauldron, alongside a montage of the iconic stadium’s great Olympic moments from the 1932 and 1984 Games.

After the LA Coliseum, President Bach, Mayor Garcetti, Casey Wasserman and Olympic Champion gymnast Nastia Liukin will join stars of the entertainment world on the red carpet for the 69th Emmy Awards, honoring the best in US primetime television programming as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Emmy Awards take place at Microsoft Theater, proposed venue for weightlifting in the heart of LA 2028’s Downtown Sports Park.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: "The Games have given Los Angeles so much joy and inspiration over the years, and IOC President Thomas Bach is always a welcome and honored guest. But this visit is special: President Bach will arrive to a city beginning a new Olympic celebration, because for the first time in a generation we are bringing the Games back to Los Angeles. This city is in love with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we cannot wait to share our celebration and gratitude with President Bach."

LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: "At LA 2028, we love the chance to showcase the City of Angels and we are honored by President Bach’s visit. The IOC President and his colleagues will once again see for themselves why Los Angeles makes such an extraordinary Host City: elite sport and passionate fans, right alongside the glamour of the entertainment industry, all of it enjoyed by a global audience. We look forward to sharing our city with members of the Olympic Family many more times over the next 11 years."

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