LA adds three venues to bid for 2024 Olympics

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September 23, 2016
FILE - In this July 28, 2012 file photo, British children pose for photos under a sculpture of the Olympics rings, in Coventry, England. Los Angeles is in the running for a possible U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES, AP:

Three existing venues have been added to Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Olympics, including Long Beach as one of four main sports clusters.

LA2024 announced the additional venues yesterday, emphasising its use of existing venues to avoid costly construction and cost overruns that have plagued Olympic host cities in recent years.

Long Beach's arena, convention centre, waterfront, and pier would comprise one of four main sports clusters scattered around the Los Angeles area as opposed to having a single Olympic Park. The city joins the other clusters of downtown Los Angeles, the South Bay near Torrance, and the San Fernando Valley.

The LA2024 bid committee said each cluster will be located within a secure perimeter where fans can walk between venues with food, music, and celebration sites. The clusters are connected to the region's public transit system.

The venue changes will be included in LA2024's second bid file that is due to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on October 7.

The IOC will select the 2024 host city in September 2017. Los Angeles is competing with Paris, Rome and Budapest, Hungary.

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