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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, speaks during a press conference to make an announcement for the city to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2028, at StubHub Center in Carson, outside of Los Angeles, Calif., Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) photo courtesy of indianexpress.com

 

A FEW COMMENTS REGARDING THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE’S DEAL TO HAVE L.A. HOST THE OLYMPICS IN 2028 WHILE PARIS GETS THE GAMES IN 2024

Even though this is old news, it wouldn’t be right to not give this a mention on this site…

It seems like the IOC is capable of getting something almost right.

While it’s great that they awarded Los Angeles the Summer Olympics, it’s not as great that the torch will be lit in a renovated Coliseum in 2028 rather than 2024.

At least that will give L.A. and it’s Olympic Committee that much more time to make sure that the logistics – transportation, as there are expected to be more bus lines and additional Metro Rail trains, and venues like the new home of the Rams and the Chargers in Inglewood which will be up and running – are well and good.

While no one can predict the future, especially what will happen in eleven years, I’m quite confident that the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad will be like the Games of the XXIII Olympiad, which was the last time the world’s best athletes came to Southern California to compete for gold medals,

Spectacular.

To be honest, in the tradition of “we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it”, I won’t think about it much until it’s upon us.

I mean, I just entered my fifties, and I’ll be 61 when that torch is lit.

Los Angeles’ current mayor, Eric Garcetti, will be long gone by then.

As a matter of perspective, I had just turned 17 the last time the Olympics were in L.A., Mary Lou Retton, Edwin Moses, and Carl Lewis doing their thing.

In the meantime, I’ll go on with my life until the sun ignites the fire on the torch on that mountain in Greece in a little over a decade…

 

A shot of the Coliseum from the last time the Olympics were held in Los Angeles in 1984. Photo courtesy of news.sky.com

 

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