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Los Angeles Throws Hat in Olympic Ring

2016 Bid Would Bring Olympic Experience to a New Generation

Los Angeles, California – September 7, 2005 – Los Angeles today notified the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) of its intention to bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Barry Sanders, Chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG) jointly announced SCCOG’s notification letter.

Under International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules, only one city per country is allowed to bid for the right to host the Games. Under the rules, the USOC is responsible for choosing a United States candidate city no later than the summer of 2007. The IOC will select the 2016 Host City in 2009 from a list of qualified international candidates. The USOC has yet to announce its bidding procedures but is expected to do so in the near future.


“For the entire world, Los Angeles is a city of dreams. This is the place people come to achieve their highest aspirations. The Olympics fit this big, diverse, hopeful city. We want the USOC to know we are eager to bring the Games back to Los Angeles, under the rules they establish,” said Mr. Sanders. “Within those rules, we will pursue this with an Olympic determination to succeed.”


"Los Angeles is a city built for the Olympic Games," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "Our world-class sporting venues, international sports fans and history of success make Los Angeles an ideal city to host the Olympics. I am proud to partner with the SCCOG as we submit Los Angeles' bid for the 2016 Olympic Games."


In public remarks today, Mr. Sanders said, “Among our citizenry, Los Angeles offers the world’s only opportunity to create a multi-generational tradition for the Olympics: Many young people who attended the 1932 Games saw their children attend the 1984 Games, and can have their grandchildren or great-grandchildren attend the 2016 Games.”
“We again will be able to host great Games without any cost to local taxpayers,” said Mr. Sanders. “We also promise a bid that will be distinctive in its approach compared to previous Games.”


Mayor Villaraigosa said, “We believe we have everything it takes to show that Los Angeles is the world’s best place for the 2016 Olympics. We hope to use the Olympic experience to inspire a new generation of our young people.” SCCOG contemplates bringing the spirit of the Olympics to the young people of the region, whether or not Los Angeles is ultimately selected as the host city.


Formed in 1939, the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the Olympic Movement in the Southern California. Since its inception, it has been the Olympic bidding agency for Los Angeles, garnering the award of the Games for 1984. Further information about the SCCOG can be found on their web site at


Hailed world-wide for their near-flawless organization, the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles generated an operating surplus of $235 million (in 1984 dollars.)

In honor of the announcement, the Olympic cauldron atop the peristyle of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be lit from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm today.

Letters to the USOC

Barry Sanders’ letter to the USOC
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Mayor Villaraigosa’s letter to the USOC
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