Does the United States live up to the IOC’s mission statement?
If the International Olympic Committee voting delegates had any moral turpitude, and were not just looking for money, the delegates would say no to the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics bid when they meet in Peru in less than a month to officially award Los Angeles the 2028 Games. The IOC and the Los Angeles Olympic Bid Committee have a deal in place for the 2028 Games that will more than likely be ratified on September 13. But the United States based on events of the past week might not be living up to the International Olympic Committee’s mission statement. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind, in a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. Following Donald Trump’s Tuesday news conference which equated white supremacists, Ku Klux Klan members and Nazis with counter protestors following a confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia, it is hard to imagine delegates from the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and other countries wanting to say yes to Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is getting the 2028 Olympics because there are fewer and fewer cities and countries that want to underwrite a significant chunk of the Olympics cost. The IOC has been backed into a corner because of that and has decided to take the two 2024 bids, from Paris, France and Los Angeles and hand out the 2024 and 2028 Games. The 2024 Games will go to Paris. Los Angeles’s Olympic Bid Committee has been pleased with Donald Trump’s support of the bid and the committee called Trump a “true partner”. That might be a problem if there were more bidders for the event. But no one else wants the 2028 Olympics so the IOC is stuck. The IOC will take the money.
Los Angeles will get the 2028 Summer Olympics on September 13.