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Los Angeles unleashes star power to woo IOC in Olympic bid

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/11/2017 By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, speaks as he is joined by LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman, from left, International Olympic Committee members Anita DeFrantz, Angela Ruggiero and U.S. Olympic Committee President Larry Probst at an evaluation session with the IOC's Evaluation Commission Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) © The Associated Press Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, speaks as he is joined by LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman, from left, International Olympic Committee members Anita DeFrantz, Angela Ruggiero and U.S. Olympic Committee President Larry Probst at an evaluation session with the IOC's Evaluation Commission Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles is drawing on Hollywood star power.

A Los Angeles 2024 sign stands in front of Staples Center Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. After bidding for the 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles might have to wait. With the competition down to LA and Paris, International Olympic Committee leaders are considering a proposal to award the next two Olympics, 2024 and 2028, one to each city. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) © The Associated Press A Los Angeles 2024 sign stands in front of Staples Center Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. After bidding for the 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles might have to wait. With the competition down to LA and Paris, International Olympic Committee leaders are considering a proposal to award the next two Olympics, 2024 and 2028, one to each city. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LA2024 chairman Casey Wasserman hosted a 70-member IOC delegation for dinner at his home Wednesday night. Among the celebrity guests were retired NBA great Kobe Bryant, Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, actor Sylvester Stallone, symphony conductor Gustavo Dudamel and Walt Disney Co. chairman Bob Iger.

The IOC evaluation commission is making a four-day visit to Los Angeles and the proposed venues. The group is to visit all the sites Thursday, including the Rose Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the campuses of Southern California and UCLA.

They began the tour at Staples Center, where Wasserman and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti led IOC members onto the court emblazoned with the Lakers' logo. Garcetti was among those who took shots that failed to go through the basket.

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