Los Angeles is expected to roll out the red carpet for International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach this weekend with a visit the 2028 Olympic host city. On Sunday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman will accompany Bach and his entourage to the NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the IOC President 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, Bach, Garcetti, Wasserman and Olympic Champion gymnast Nastia Liukin will join stars of the entertainment world at 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. 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.
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.”
This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.