LA's Olympic Bid
Gene Sykes

June 28, 2017 7:00 PM    Dinner

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As the bid for the 2024 Olympic Games heads towards its nail-biting climax this year with the announcement due on September 13th, the leaders of the LA 2024 committee are working overtime to promote their bid and differentiate themselves from Paris, their only remaining competitor. Will the IOC split the bids, giving 2024 to one city and 2028 to the other? Gene Sykes, CEO of the Los Angeles Bid Committee, will talk about how LA is trying to convince the International Olympic Committee to award the Games to the City of Angels – for the third time! -  at a LAWAC dinner on Wednesday, June 28th. Sykes will present renderings of the proposed layout for the Games, which features four Sports Parks spread out across the greater Los Angeles area, promoting greater inclusion of the local communities. Each park would be centered around pre-existing arenas and venues, effectively saving millions of dollars in construction costs. The committee has also worked hard to ensure that the L.A. Games would be the most environmentally sustainable to date by encouraging plans for improved public transportation.  An underlying goal of the committee is also to work toward bringing together the 18 million diverse people in the L.A. area, and extending that unity to the nation and the world.  Sykes will also talk about the broader goals of the Olympic movement, and LA’s particular history with its prior staging of the 1932 and 1984 games.

Gene Sykes supervises and manages all aspects of the Los Angeles Bid Committee’s business, operations and activities, including, without limitation, the Bid Committee’s bid to host the Games. Prior to joining the Bid Committee, Gene was Co-Head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Co-Chairman of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group and a member of the Management Committee of Goldman Sachs. Sykes is a trustee of the California Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, a board member of Common Sense Media and a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees.

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