You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Trump backs bid for US to host 2024 Olympics

Reuters Reuters 2 days ago
Donald Trump speaks during a town hall in Sandown, New Hampshire (6 October 2016): Image of Donald Trump speaking © AP Image of Donald Trump speaking

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the head of the International Olympic Committee to express his support for Los Angeles' bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, the city's bid committee said on Thursday.

The Los Angeles bid committee said on Twitter that Trump spoke with IOC President Thomas Bach by phone "to express his strong support" for the Olympics and the city's "plans to host a great Games."

The California city is seeking to host the summer Games for a third time in a bid that centred on celebrating diversity.

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti speaks at a business event at the Bing theatre in Los Angeles © REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti speaks at a business event at the Bing theatre in Los Angeles

The call took place on Wednesday and was arranged by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who had previously said Trump's win after a campaign filled with harsh rhetoric toward immigrants, Hispanics, Muslims and women could be detrimental given the international makeup of the IOC's voting members.

The IOC, which will also consider bids from Paris and Budapest, will select the host next September.

More From Reuters

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon