“The countdown to the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games has officially begun today,” said five-time Olympic medalist and LA28 top athlete Janet Evans.
“The LA28 Games will be unlike any other, showcasing the best of Southern California’s exceptional stadiums and a world-class culture for athletes and fans alike.
“This significant event makes the Games real for every athlete actively preparing for their LA28 dream and for the fans who follow this journey.”
The LA28 Games will be the third time the Games will be held in a Southern California city, following previous events in 1932 and 1984. This will be the first time Los Angeles has hosted the Paralympic Games.
Organizers said using existing stages as well as college residences to accommodate athletes and the media will help reduce costs and reduce environmental impact.
“Los Angeles is an ambitious city of endless possibilities and the Games will reflect our community,” said LA28 Chairman Casey Wasserman.
“Los Angeles will provide the perfect backdrop for the largest cultural, sports and entertainment event in the world.”
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said he was impressed by the progress and creativity of the organisers, including LA28’s $160 million investment to support youth sports in Los Angeles.
“Six years before the opening ceremony of the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, this is already a significant legacy of the Games, changing the lives of more than one hundred thousand children,” Bach said.
“This will help attract new fans to Olympic sport and leave a legacy of sport for future generations.”