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Los Angeles 2024 finalises venue plans for Olympic bid

Los Angeles 2024 has announced the final proposed venues for the Californian city’s bid to stage the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The planned facilities for archery, modern pentathlon and mountain biking have been chosen following consultation with the three sports’ respective international federations and national governing bodies, as well as venue owners and operators. The use of existing venues ties in with LA 2024’s theme of “no surprises” with its bid plan.

Should the bid prove successful, archery contests at the Games would take place at the new LA Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, a venue that, when complete, will also become the home of NFL American football teams the LA Rams and LA Chargers.

Meanwhile, modern pentathlon events would be hosted at the StubHub Center in the LA 2024 South Bay Sports Park. The venue, which is currently the home of MLS team LA Galaxy and will serve as the temporary home of the Chargers in the 2017 season, is also LA 2024’s proposed rugby sevens venue during the first week of the Games, and will host modern pentathlon during the second week.

In addition, the bid team has selected the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas (pictured) as the proposed site for mountain biking events. Organisers will carry out various upgrades at the venue, should the city secure the Games.

Casey Wasserman, chairman of the LA 2024 bid team, said: “LA 2024’s proposed venues for archery, mountain biking and modern pentathlon will deliver stunning stages for these great sports, all fully in line with the sustainability principles of the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms.

“LA 2024 has the luxury of selecting the finest existing arenas in LA – not building new ones from scratch – and spending the build-up to the Games focusing our resources on elevating the experience for every participant, not on complex, costly construction.”

In other news, Los Angeles City Council members have voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding with LA 2024 that would give the city a role in planning for the event and provide for some financial safeguards if it is chosen as host.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper said the memorandum ensures that if Los Angeles is selected, the city would appoint at least one-sixth of the board members on the resulting private organising committee. It provides that council members would be consulted if organisers seek to use the final $250m (€238.8m) of a $491.9m contingency fund set aside for unexpected costs. The council would also have right of approval for any events moved outside of city limits.